Itoje and Mako Vunipola will stay at Saracens, believes England's Mitchell

Maro Itoje and Mako Vunipola have been urged to make “good decisions” for their international careers by the England defence coach, John Mitchell, with both players yet to commit to Saracens next season. Itoje had hoped to receive dispensation to continue his England career while spending next season on loan in France at Racing 92 rather than in the Championship with relegated Saracens. The prime minister, Boris Johnson, is set to announce the first steps towards an easing of the lockdown on Sunday, with a host of governing bodies eager to know what it will mean for their sports. The Premiership remains hopeful of returning in early July and,while England’s tour of Japan that month is certain to be called off, World Rugby has been plotting a raft of internationals for the autumn.