2021-02-22 20:08:38 | Undercooked Saracens players are holding England back

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Ahead of the third round of the 2021 Six Nations, Brian Moore and Tom May discuss England’s faltering form and in particular the below-par showings of Eddie Jones’s Saracens contingent. England lost to Scotland at Twickenham in this year’s opener before easing past Italy in their second fixture.

Jones has admitted that his captain Owen Farrell underperformed in the first two rounds – and a number of other Saracens players have not been at their best after being starved of game time since the London club’s relegation from the Premiership. 

England face unbeaten Wales at the Principality Stadium on Saturday and will need an improved showing if they are to join Wayne Pivac’s side on two wins in the tournament.

Jones told Telegraph Sport last week that he was confident his side “will be much better against Wales for sure”, adding: “It has taken some time to get back their timing and the little bit of match fitness and match toughness but we are approaching a much better position.”

He will hope that his Saracens stars can find their way into top gear particularly as Grand Slam hopefuls France await in a couple of weeks.

Speaking of France, their game against Scotland on Sunday is at risk of being called off after it was revealed that six more French players, including captain Charles Ollivon, had tested positive for Covid-19.

A total of 11 players from the French squad have now tested positive for the virus, including scrum-half and 2020 Six Nations player of the tournament Antoine Dupont. 

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