Brendan Venter has said that he will leave his role as the director of rugby from Saracens. Chairman Nigel Wray said Venter, who joined Sarries in 2009, will become technical director from 9 January.

“Brendan, Anneme and their children are returning to South Africa in January for family reasons,” he explained.

First-team coach Mark McCall will take over Venter’s role, while backs coach Andy Farrell will replace McCall.