Billy and Mako Vunipola and Jamie George were left out of Eddie Jones 45-man training squad for England’s autumn internationals against Tonga, Australia and world champions South Africa; Mark McCall backs the trio to respond.
Mark McCall has backed the Saracens trio of Jamie George, Mako Vunipola and Billy Vunipola to be fuelled by their shock snubs by England boss Eddie Jones.
George and the Vunipola brothers were among a handful of high-profile absentees after Jones selected a provisional 45-man training squad ahead of autumn fixtures against Tonga, Australia and world champions South Africa.
Hooker George and Mako Vunipola are poised to return to Sarries duty in the coming weeks following rest periods due to their summer involvement with the British and Irish Lions, along with team-mates Owen Farrell and Maro Itoje.
Saracens director of rugby McCall met with national team head coach Jones ahead of last week’s squad announcement and is confident his overlooked players can force their way back into England contention.
“We discussed each player – he didn’t tell me who was going to be in the squad and who was going to not be in the squad,” McCall said of his talks with Jones.
“Obviously for some of our players, it was disappointing. But knowing those players and knowing how motivated they are to play for England, I think Eddie wants to see a response and I’m sure you’ll see that.
“We want them to play for their country.