McCall will be 'amazed' if Saracens trio aren't in England squad

Bath 17-71 Saracens: Mark McCall will be ‘amazed’ if Billy Vunipola, Mako Vunipola and Jamie George aren’t back in the England squad after impressing in 10-try thrashing

  • Mark McCall will be shocked if Saracens trio aren’t recalled to England squad 
  • Billy Vunipola, Mako Vunipola and Jamie George helped Saracens beat Bath 
  • Saracens scored ten tries at The Rec in front of England coach Eddie Jones

Saracens boss Mark McCall said he would be ‘amazed’ if Billy Vunipola, Mako Vunipola and Jamie George did not return to the England squad on Monday after humiliating Bath.

The trio were snubbed by Eddie Jones in his wide autumn squad last month, and No 8 Vunipola is at most risk of missing out again.

After Saracens scored 10 tries at The Rec in front of the England coach, to batter hapless Bath, McCall was asked whether he would be surprised if his men were omitted again.

Mark McCall says he will be shocked if Billy Vunipola doesn’t return to the England squad

McCall feels that Mako Vunipola has also done enough to warrant a recall for England

McCall was hugely impressed as his Saracens team managed to secure a 71-17 win versus Bath

‘Amazed,’ he corrected.

‘Everybody would be with the way they played today. If Eddie wanted to see if they had the motivation and desire to still play for England then they showed that.

‘Billy has been good anyway. I thought he was unreal today. Unreal. Mako as well. The two of them were to the fore in the defensive sets. They all played well. There’s a new squad and I expect to have a lot more players back in it.’

Jones will await injury updates on Maro Itoje, who withdrew in the second half on his league return with a chest injury, and Anthony Watson, who hurt his left knee but was able to walk from the field.

Bath had their plugs yanked out long before the end here.

Jamie George (right) will also be looking to represent England again after a good display

When the half-time whistle went The Rec fell deathly silent; stunned by their Sarries savaging.


54 point deficit. Bath’s worst ever home league defeat. Their worst loss was 68-12 to Gloucester in 2002. At The Rec their previous worst defeat was by 31 points to Leicester in 2011.

71 points conceded. The most ever by a Bath side, and third most ever by any Premiership home team (Bedford 106, West Hartlepool 91, Bedford & Bath 71). 

4 Consecutive losses. The first time Bath have done that since 2001.

2nd Largest score racked up by Saracens in their league history, only behind their 78-7 win over London Welsh in 2014.

They were 45-0 down, had already long lost their fourth consecutive match of the season for the first time in 20 years in their worst ever half in Premiership history.

It was a surprise any Bath fans returned for the second half – there must be better things to pay £50 to do in the city on a sunny Sunday – having watched Saracens score every time they entered their 22.

The six tries came from Itoje and Ben Earl, with two each for Max Malins and George. Billy Vunipola even set one up with a 50:22 kick.

Owen Farrell kicked all those conversions, after an early penalty, as Saracens toyed with their prey and ripped it apart time and time again.

The only thing Bath won was the half-time inflatable cider apple race against Saracens fans, but they did at least score some points.

Josh Bayliss charged Farrell down two minutes into the second-half with Danny Cipriani later feeding Tom de Glanville to score between the sticks.

However Eroni Mawi replied for Sarries, Malins completed his hat-trick and Rotimi Segun ran in the ninth as Bath fans started to leave along with England boss Jones who had seen enough too.

But Saracens were not finished – Dom Morris scoring the eye-watering 10th try, Alex Goode kicking the conversion to send them past 70, the most Bath had ever conceded in a league game.

Tom Ellis and Will Muir took Bath’s consolation scores, as the public address announcer joked ‘there’s still time!’

Owen Farrel of Saracens manages to weave his way past Charlie Ewels of Bath

On this showing there may not be much for their director of rugby Stuart Hooper, who was stunned having witnessed Bath’s worst ever defeat at home, and called on his side to rally with champions Quins up next.

‘It’s as bad it gets, and our responsibility is to stand up and be counted,’ he said.

‘It is too easy to turn your back and have a conversation in the corridor.

‘Saracens were absolutely red-hot today, and they steamrollered us. Professional sport at times is amazing, and at times it’s brutal. We have to make sure that nothing like that happens again.

‘There will be questions from everywhere about me, my players and my staff, but the important thing is we keep looking each other in the eye.’

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