Saracens’ emphasis on the collective offers template to Lions in New Zealand | Paul Rees

The Premiership champions are carrying on the tradition of Leicester and Wasps in their days of European domination, with a strong team spirit and mental fortitudeThe last team to beat Saracens in the European Champions Cup, Clermont Auvergne, will meet them in the final next month. After the French club’s victory over Leinster in the semi‑final in Lyon on Sunday a local journalist became rather more lyrical than the Premiership and European champions are known to be. “Saracens, their surgical rugby, shadows and blood, charcoal and demons, await at the corner of Murrayfield where many ghosts …

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