Jones: Saracens fallout could hurt England

Eddie Jones warns the upheaval at English champions Saracens could affect his England team

England coach Eddie Jones fears his side may feel the fallout from Saracens' salary cap breach.

Chairman Nigel Wray confirmed on Monday that the English and European champions had decided not to contest the STG 5.36 million ($A10.19 million) fine, immediately plunging them into a desperate battle for Premiership survival.

Saracens supplied six starters and two replacements for the recent World Cup final defeat by South Africa and Australian Jones believes a rift may now emerge within his England squad, while some of the European champions' stars might prioritise Premiership survival over the Six Nations.

"It could have a significant impact. It's something we need to weigh up and look at very carefully," the former Wallabies mentor told the BBC.

"Obviously there may be some dislocation between Saracens players and the rest of the clubs. That's a reality and we may have to work to mend those relationships a bit harder.

"There might be some Saracens players who feel like they've got to play for their club instead of their country, to make sure they don't go down. So we'll weigh all those up as they come about."

Club owner Wray says he takes "full responsibility" for Saracens' perilous situation a fortnight after being "shocked and disappointed by these heavy-handed sanctions".

Even with the 35-point deduction, which comes into immediate effect to leave them 26 points adrift of 11th-placed Leicester, they are unlikely to be relegated on the strength of their points totals for each of the last three seasons.