Saracens going for back to back doubles

Saracens players celebrate winning the European Champions Cup trophy in 2016 Credit: Adam Davy/PA Archive

Sport is all about setting new standards and in club rugby the team leading the way is Saracens.

They were domestic and European champions last season and they could do the double again.

They are taking on Clermont in the Champions Cup on Saturday and next week they face Exeter in the league's playoff semi-final.

Saracens Billy Vunipola during the European Champions Cup, Semi Final match Credit: Lorraine O'Sullivan/PA Wire

The club puts its success down to its academy, at least 10 of their players have been at Saracens since they were teenagers.

Brothers Billy and Mako Vunipola have trained together even longer.

Billy told ITV News London, "It's nice to have a genuine love for obviously my brother and for my other teammates as well. It's a theme that runs through our team. We look after each other and that's really important."

Brothers Billy and Mako Vunipola Credit: Adam Davy/PA Archive

It is no wonder so many of their players are also regulars for their country. However, training was cancelled earlier this week because six of the squad, who have been selected for the Lions tour of New Zealand, were away collecting their kit. Owen Farrell, Saracen’s' all-time leading points scorer, is one of those regularly on international duty.

He does not believe the missing players are disruptive to the rest of the team, saying: "I think if we let it be it can, but we just have make sure on days like today we get our learning done for the weekend so we feel confident going into it."

Even a basketball emerged in training this week; but then when you're this good, it doesn’t matter what shape the ball is.