16 May, 17:08
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"That has been a real step forward for us and is a credit to the coaches who have worked so hard over the past five years within our academy system. It's great that so many of our players will return to the Celtic League and Heineken Cup having had game time with Ireland."
Among the players on both sides who have been on international duty in November are the veterans David Humphreys and Thomas Castaignede. The 34-year-old Humphreys picked up his 72nd cap in Ireland's win over Romania last weekend, while Castaignede earned his 47th in France's victory over South Africa.
"David's enthusiasm for the game has come back and he was superb for us in our Round 2 defeat in Biarritz. He hasn't played too many games over the past three years, especially with Ronan O'Gara starting in the Irish team, and he has been able to enjoy his rugby," said McCall.
"He is in great shape and fine form - exactly the same as Castaignede. Seeing those two players will be worth the price of admission alone at Ravenhill next week.
"Saracens have a mighty pack and any team that can do to Biarritz what they did to them at Vicarage Road has to be reckoned with."