Premiership Lowdown: Saracens


Last season: 3rd

Home ground: Allianz Park (89 miles)

Odds: Evens

Scorching Sarries:

Mark McCall’s all-star side are full of some of rugby’s best players and are set to challenge for what would be their fourth title.

Sarries are favourites to lift the crown at Twickenham after a season in which they won the European Champions Cup but were disappointingly dumped out of the Premiership play-offs by Exeter Chiefs.

Despite the loss of superstar winger Chris Ashton, Sarries look to be in good health ahead of the next campaign with the addition of British and Irish Lion Liam Williams, adding to a squad which already contains fellow Lions Owen Farrell and Jamie George.

Saracens pushed Exeter and Wasps close all year for the top two spots in the Premiership with a final day defeat at the hands of the black-and-golds tarnishing their hopes of a home play-off as McCall fielded a weakened side ahead of the Champions Cup final.

With a strong squad all over the pitch, Saracens’ brand of expansive rugby both excites crowds and wins rugby matches, ensuring they will be one of the teams to beat.

Ins and Outs:


Christopher Tolofua (Toulouse), Liam Williams (Scarlets), Calum Clark (Northampton Saints), Tom Griffiths (promoted from Academy), Hayden Thompson-Stringer (promoted from Academy), Tom Whiteley (promoted from Academy), Will Skelton (NSW Waratahs), Dominic Day (Melbourne Rebels), Kieran Longbottom (Sale Sharks)


Chris Ashton (Toulon), George Perkins (Bristol), Kelly Brown (retired), Jared Saunders (Jersey Reds), Neil de Kock (retired), Jim Hamilton (retired), Brian Tuilagi (US Dax), Samuela Vunisa (Glasgow Warriors), Petrus du Plessis (London Irish), Fa’atiga Lemalu (released), Tim Streather (released)

Last season v Wasps:

Premiership Round 6: Saracens 30-14 Wasps

Premiership Round 22: Wasps 35-15 Saracens

Dates for the diary:

Saracens v Wasps: October 8 2017; 15:00

Wasps v Saracens: January 5/6/7; kick-off to be confirmed


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