Allianz Park will play host to three matches on Sunday afternoon, as Saracens play host to a touring Argentinean club side San Luis.
San Luis RFC, hail from the La Plata region of Buenos Aires, and one of their distinguished alumni includes our very own Argentinean-Italian Carlos Nieto. Nieto is understandably happy to see his former club take on Saracens at Allianz Park this Sunday.
He said: “It’s great to have the San Luis club over this weekend. I first started to play rugby there when I was six years old, and I stayed with San Luis until I was 20. It’s a fantastic club, and I found it a really enjoyable place to learn my trade as a player.”
San Luis Under 18’s, who are also due to play Montpellier and Racing Metro on their European tour, will take on two teams from Oaklands College as well as Saracens’ U17 XV at 4pm, and academy coach Matt Davies is looking forward to playing host in what hopes will be a “great day of rugby”.
“There are some really talented players out there who have some fantastic potential, it promises to be a great day of rugby. There is an England U17 game this weekend which means a number of our England lads won’t be playing, so it gives a lot of our younger lads the chance to stake a claim to get into the side for the remaining games this season, and to get into that Under 18s squad next year.”
Oaklands College students will have the chance to show their talents on Sunday when their 1st and 2nd XV play two San Luis teams, and Davies is pleased that the college, who are a key partner of Saracens, will have a chance to impress on the big stage.
He explained: “Oaklands are our key academic partners, and I think it’s good that they have the chance to play at Allianz Park on a great surface and in a great stadium. Also we hope that the San Luis players enjoy the experience on Sunday, and that we all give them a nice warm welcome.”
The match schedule is;
- Oaklands 2nd XV vs. San Luis 3rd XV – KO 12h00
- Oaklands 1st XV vs. San Luis 2nd XV – KO 14h00
- Saracens U17s XV vs. San Luis 1st XV- KO 16h00