Nine Saracens players represented England at the 2019 Rugby World Cup, the eight pictured and scrum-half Ben Spencer who was called up later and came off the bench in the final defeat by South Africa

Saracens’ star players would still be able to play for England even if they are relegated from the Premiership to the second-tier Championship.

The defending champions are facing the drop at the end of the season for exceeding salary cap limits.

While this would probably lead to a dismantling of the squad, playing in the Championship would not stop players from representing England.

Nine Saracens players appeared for England at the recent Rugby World Cup.

“If I was a player in that situation – particularly a senior international – do I actually accept that this would be helpful to prolong my career?” Hannah Bowe from player recruitment industry experts Esportif Intelligence