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Saracens' Mark McCall unimpressed with play-acting in rugby union

Mark McCall insists he would be "devastated" if any of his Saracens players mimicked Scarlets flanker James Davies' apparent play-acting from the sides' Champions Cup draw.

Back-rower Davies milked Will Skelton's slap in Saturday's 22-22 draw at Parc y Scarlets, with the Saracens lock yellow carded for his actions.

Davies threw himself theatrically to the ground, but went unpunished, leaving Saracens director of rugby McCall distinctly unimpressed.

"It's not good is it? It wasn't good," said McCall.

"I would hate one of our players to have done that, and I don't think they would.

"If one of our players did that I'd be devastated.

"But I don't think they would do that. It's terrible, but you don't need me to tell you that."

Saracens survived Skelton's sin-binning to secure safe passage to the Champions Cup quarter-finals, but will now set about claiming a home draw by seeing off Toulon on Saturday.

Australia lock Skelton has impressed in his short-term stint at Saracens, with McCall admitting the club have offered him the chance to join permanently.

Saracens are in the market for two locks, to replace Scotland's Jim Hamilton, who will leave Allianz Park this summer, and the retired Ali stair Hargreaves.

Waratahs lock Skelton would have to forego his Wallabies career should he leave Australia permanently, with McCall admitting the 6ft 8in powerhouse faces a tough decision on his future.

Asked if Skelton could complete a full-time move to Saracens, McCall replied: "Possibly, as he's out of contract with New South Wales at the end of the Super Rugby season.

"He's really enjoyed his time in England but that would mean giving up international rugby, which is tough for a 24-year-old. So we'll see.

"Players in that situation, you have to tell them you want them and you'd like them to be here.

"But it's for him to make the decision, and he'll make that decision in the next week or two.

"Jim Hamilton's going to leave us at the end of the season and Alistair Hargreaves has retired, so we've been a bit short there this season."


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