Playing during Six Nations

This is a tough spell for clubs like Saracens playing crucial Aviva Premiership games without a host of our best players on international duty.

There are arguments for continuing to play during this period - and arguments against it.

I am not sure what the answer is? Perhaps we could play league games during the fallow weeks in the Six Nations and then play the LV= Cup in one big block when the Six Nations is in full swing?

Even if we did that, it would still leave sides losing some of their best players during the autumn international weeks in November, when we also play league matches.

As players, we just get on with it.

We will be missing Brad Barritt, Owen Farrell, Alex Goode, Mako Vunipola and Chris Ashton when we take on Leicester at Welford Road on Saturday night.

To be fair to Leicester, they will be missing plenty too as England kick-off against France three hours before we do the same.

The situation kind of crept up on us and caught us by surprise last season. Guys were being called up left, right and centre and we struggled to deal with their absence at times as we made adjustments for the departure of some of our key men.

We are better equipped this year though and have learned from last season.

This is a spell that brings the league closer together though, there’s no doubt about that, and this is a close league at the best of times where any side in the top two can lose to any side in the bottom two.

Sale and London Irish have both picked up their games in the last few weeks and, whatever the result of our game at Leicester on Saturday, it’s going to be a close finish to the season at both ends of the table.

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