While the majority of the Saracens squad are in Bermuda this week with others dotted around the world in action for respective teams, one player has been at Old Albanians already preparing for next season.
Will Fraser picked up a shoulder injury against Gloucester in the Aviva Premiership that ended his campaign early, but the openside can look back on a great first full year of first team action.
Fraser missed out on England’s tour to Argentina, and along with fellow Sarries Alex Goode and Joel Tomkins, Will is spending the summer undergoing rehabilitation after an operation on his shoulder rather than join fellow teammates David Strettle and Richard Wigglesworth on the South-American trip.
“The rehabs being going fine,” said Fraser
“It’s been a bit of a slow burner at the moment as I only had my surgery around two weeks ago, so at the moment there’s not a huge amount I can really do with it.
“The timing of my injury was a shame; it wasn’t great as it was the week leading up to the Heineken Cup semi-final which I would have obviously loved to have played in. We did try to give it a go for the Premiership semi-final, but unfortunately I had to pull out the day before. I was trying to get it right for that game but in doing so I ended up tearing my tricep in the process.
“It was unfortunate at the time; the season was going well and I had been able to go through the whole year pretty much injury free. So it was really good to get a run of games, but that’s the nature of the beast with this game, an injury could be just around the corner and you accept that as a player and you just have to get on with it.”
Fraser admits his was “gutted” with missing out on two semi-finals, but the 23-year-old is philosophical about his season overall.
“As I’ve mentioned the timing wasn’t great, as I missed some of the most important games of the year, but I suppose in the same vein, if you do need an operation this is the best time to get it done (in the close season) so I suppose it does have some kind of a silver lining to it all.
“I’ve been massively frustrated with the seasons end, and I was gutted at the time; but looking back I’ve got no complaints as I’ve had a really good year.
“I’ve been able to play week in, week out, which has been brilliant for me in my own personal development; so I’ve achieved a lot this year and although it has been an anti-climactic end the season, we have achieved a lot as team and we have made some great memories both on and off the pitch, and there are a lot of positives that we can take into next season for sure.”
Fraser’s is focused on regaining his fitness, but he also harbours international aspirations for next season;
“I was over the moon getting picked for the Saxons, and then I had to pinch myself when I got asked to train with England for the Six Nations,” beamed Fraser
“So it was a somewhat surreal experience at the time but it has made more focused and want to be in the England set up even more than maybe I did before. Once you’ve had a taste of the experience it kinds of whets your pallet; but I’m under no illusions that to get back into recognition you have to be performing for your club, and the priority will be to train well for Saracens and making sure that I’m good enough to warrant selection.”