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McCall extends Saracens stay after regaining Premiership crown

Mark McCall has signed a contract extension at Saracens after they regained their Premiership crown on Saturday.

Director of rugby McCall and six members of his backroom staff have put pen to paper on fresh terms with Sarries, though the lengths of the new deals have not been announced.

The Northern Irishman’s previous contract was reportedly due to expire in 2019 and rumours of him replacing Joe Schmidt at the Ireland helm after next year’s Rugby World Cup are likely to die down.

A 27-10 victory over Exeter Chiefs at Twickenham provided the fourth Premiership title of McCall’s tenure, while he also led the team to successive European Champions Cup victories in 2016 and 2017.

“It’s great news that they have all re-signed. They’re a team within a team; a group of friends together – they’re my friends,” said chairman Nigel Wray in a statement.

It is another boost for Sarries, who tied captain Brad Barritt down to a new two-year contract this week.

Alex Sanderson, touted as a candidate to replace Paul Gustard – who has taken over at Harlequins – as England defence coach, was one of the members of Saracens staff to agree to a renewal.

Phil Morrow, Kevin Sorrell, Joe Shaw, Ian Peel and Dan Vickers also signed extensions.

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