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Saracens eye Australia’s Will Skelton to help bolster depleted second row

• Director of rugby Mark McCall seeking cover for Maro Itoje and George Kruis
• Premiership leaders have only one fit senior second row

Saracens are considering signing the Australia second row Will Skelton as they look to boost their resources in a position where they had to use a flanker in their Premiership victory against Leicester on Saturday.

Saracens had made contact with South Africa’s Eben Etzebeth, but he would only have been available for a few weeks after the Springboks’ tour of Europe. Skelton is in Australia’s squad for their five Tests in the home unions and France, and Sarries want cover to take in the Six Nations next year, as well as the coming weeks.

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