Saracens will play South African outfit the Sharks at Allianz Park on Saturday, 25th January 2014 in The Sanlam Private Investments Challenge, writes Louise Warr.
One player who knows the two clubs better than most is lock Alistair Hargreaves, having made more than 50 games for the Durban based side before joining Sarries for the 2012/2013 season, and it is an experience that excites the four-times capped South African international.
Hargreaves said: “I am looking forward to it of course, catch up with some of the boys and I am sure we will have some fun on the field and off of it as well.”
With the game also providing an opportunity for Hargreaves to come up against some familiar faces as well as admitting he would love the opportunity to take on former Saracens hooker, now Sharks CEO John Smit.
“Keegan Daniel who captains the side last year is a great mate of mine. I think it is always quite weird playing against your old teammates but hopefully can sort as many guys out as possible and have a good laugh with them afterwards.”
It is not the first time that Hargreaves has taken part in a game such as this lining up for the Springboks against Saracens at Wembley in 2009. Having been part of the experience from both sides, Hargreaves is well aware of the benefits of such a game for both sides involved.
“For both sides I think it’s great for exposure in different countries but it will also be exciting for the fans, it’s a good exhibition, a great way to see good rugby with two teams who play in two different leagues. They are both great sides. Not only is it good to have a relationship with them but it is good for rugby as well.”
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