For the past five years, Saracens have boasted a squad that no other side in England could compete with, or even come close to in truth. 

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The north London outfit have a host of internationals and an academy set-up that has produced high-class player after high-class player, and the majority of teams in England have failed to keep up. 

The three-time Champions Cup winners have also been able to field the most impressive array of players that are just short of being Test standard. 

This obviously pays dividends during the Six Nations and autumn internationals, but throughout the season gives a depth to the squad that is unmatched across the rest of the league. 

They may not have the biggest squad in the Gallagher Premiership, but they are head and shoulders above the rest in terms of the quality throughout the group. 

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Now that the reigning European and English champions have been relegated from the Premiership for breaching the salary cap, it has gone a long way in explaining to many why they have been able to maintain the squad they have had. 

Former England hooker and columnist Brian Moore has helped in explaining on Twitter just how much of an impact having such depth in a squad can have. 

While the competition for places has always been deemed desirable for any successful team, Moore explains that there is so much more to it – and it largely comes down to the fact that it improves the quality of training and reduces the risk of injuries for various reasons. This was his explanation: 

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Saracens lead the way in terms of Test players in their squad amongst English sides, but there are some clubs that still come close to them. 

However, it is regarding the class of the players behind those internationals where others simply cannot compete with Saracens, and Moore has given an insight into just how much that has helped them. 

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