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Jamie George concludes that there is not a decision to make. He will play for England at the Six Nations.

But to get to that point, you can see his dual loyalty to club and country being tested and this hulk of a hooker torn by the dilemma.

Saracens, the club he grew up watching, are in trouble and the absence of several first-team players early next year for five rounds — when you include the pre-Six Nations camp — will hardly help their Premiership survival fight.

Saracens' hooker Jamie George admitted he was left 'hurting' after the World Cup final defeat

Saracens' hooker Jamie George admitted he was left 'hurting' after the World Cup final defeat

'It is a difficult one, isn't it?' says the 29-year-old, responding to the suggestion by Eddie Jones this week that some of his England stars at Saracens might skip the Six Nations to help their club.

'The big thing for us as players is, selfishly you want to progress in your career as much as you can and the way you do that is by playing for your country.

'But there is always a part of you who... as a five-year-old kid I used to watch Sarries play. We are in trouble at the minute and I just want to do as much as I can for that as well.

'It is a difficult decision that we will have to make. But at the same time, I had a conversation with (forwards and defence coach) Alex Sanderson and he was saying "We have got this. You guys go and do your thing, progress your careers. We will look after it".

As a boyhood Saracens fan, George's natural instinct is to help the team in their time of need

As a boyhood Saracens fan, George's natural instinct is to help the team in their time of need

'It is four Premiership games that we will miss out on but I have every confidence in the group who are not going away that they will be as ready as ever for that challenge.'

So is there still a decision to be made? 'No, I don't think there is.'

As months go, November hasn't been an easy one for George, bringing a brutal one-two punch. First came the crushing disappointment of losing a World Cup final, in which George and the rest of the England scrum were muscled off the pitch by South Africa.

Then, less than 48 hours after landing back from Japan, came a phone call from director of rugby Mark McCall telling him about Saracens' 35-point penalty and £5.36million fine for breaching the salary cap.

Yet George sounds almost grateful for that second blow, in that it pulled him out of those post-World Cup blues. And he is undeniably excited about facing a battle entirely different

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