Owen Farrell is helping Saracens prepare for the Champions Cup quarter-final against Leinster by assuming Johnny Sexton’s role in training this week despite his suspension.
The England captain has been suspended for five games after accepting the charge of making a dangerous tackle on Wasps' Charlie Atkinson.
Saracens director of rugby, Mark McCall, has revealed how the England captain is still playing a crucial role in his side’s preparation.
“Owen is running the opposition against us, running some of Leinster’s plays, so he’ll be a huge help to us,” said McCall.
“He just wants to help. He regrets the situation he finds himself in but now he just wants to help the team as much as he can.
“We’ve got two choices – to move [Alex] Goode up to fly-half and play Elliot [Daly] at full-back or stick Manu [Vunipola] in there. The core of the 23 will be identifiable as a team who have played a lot of knockout rugby over the last five years. The core is very strong.”
Sexton was rested for Leinster’s Pro14 final win against Ulster on Saturday but is set to return at fly-half.
Leinster became the first side to win three consecutive PRO14 titles after their 27-5 victory at the Aviva Stadium.