Saracens to host international juggernaut in friendly next season

Saracens want to host world champions South Africa in a showpiece friendly next season in a bid to hold onto their star players.

The club, who were relegated following their salary cap woes, are in talks over welcoming the Springboks after the autumn internationals, according to the Mail Online.

The reigning English and European champions want to keep star names like Owen Farrell and Maro Itoje busy following relegation.

It’s thought England stars will not play regular Championship matches and instead take up a part sabbatical with occasional high-profile fixtures.

Head coach Mark McCall revealed earlier this week that contact had been made with Super Rugby sides, but a home game against the world champions would be the biggest occasion at all.

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