Six Saracens stars get Lions call-up

By Dominique Stafford in Rugby

SIX Saracens players have been named in the British and Irish Lions squad for their summer tour to New Zealand.

The six stars, who are all English, were included in Warren Gatland’s 41-strong touring party which was unveiled at lunchtime today.

Brothers Billy and Mako Vunipola and Owen Farrell have all been selected for a second time, while Jamie George, Maro Itoje and George Kruis receive their first call-ups.

“We’re honoured to have six of our players included in the squad,” said Sarries’ director of rugby Mark McCall. “Every player included is under the age of 27, which is extremely exciting, and I’m confident they’ll thrive in the red jersey in New Zealand.

“Four of the players have come through the age-group system at the club and both Vunipolas arrived at Saracens under the age of 21, so their selection is the culmination of a lot of hard work from the players themselves, our coaching staff and support team.

“All six players still have a huge role to play in some massive games for Saracens in the upcoming weeks. I know that they’ll be raring to go in club colours before they jet off to New Zealand.”

Welsh back Liam Williams, who is joining Sarries in the summer, has also made the squad.

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