Dec 14, 2017
McCall: "We're Not a Club That Over-Reacts"
Mark McCall has said he is confident that his Saracens team will turn recent form around and be in a good positon by the end of January.
The two-time Champions Cup winner explained that his team will be judged on how they handle the next six games as and reinforced his belief in the squad’s mentality as well as the relationships within the team.
Sarries currently occupy second place in Pool 2 of the Champions Cup and sit in third place in the Premiership and McCall said that the relationships that exist within the camp will be key over the coming weeks, starting with a trip to French Champions Clermont on Saturday.
He explained: “We have an experienced group who have been together for a long time and the relationships that exist within the club are very strong; these are particularly important when you’re going through the kind of period we’re going through.
“We’re not a club that over-reacts, but we’re not a club that sweeps things under the carpet either; it’s important to see what we could have done better.
“By the end of January, when we’ve played six games and have got some of those injured players back, let’s see how as a group how we’ve reacted.
“I’m confident that by the end of those six weeks we’ll be okay.”
McCall and his coaching staff have had a tricky time of late due to the current injury situation, and when sitting down with the press at Old Albanians on Thursday, the Director of Rugby provided an update on the squad’s injury status.
“Michael Rhodes is back next week,” McCall said, “Billy Vunipola will be back in a few weeks’ time and Schalk Brits will be back in eight weeks’ time.”
“Maro Itoje will probably be back in three or four weeks’ time, maximum six weeks and he’s had a week and a half already.
“Liam Williams will be back in three or four weeks, Duncan Taylor is two or three weeks away and Brad Barritt got a concussion at the weekend so won’t play this week.
He added: “Richard Wigglesworth has also picked up and injury and will be out for six to eight weeks as well with Dominic Day being out for around 10-weeks.