Saracens - New signings for Saracens

Jun 16, 2016

New signings for Saracens


 

Sean Maitland

The New Zealand born wing or full-back in one of six new recruits to join the reigning Aviva Premiership and European Champions Cup winners.

On his move to north London, Maitland said: "When I was approached about joining Saracens I had no hesitation in accepting the opportunity to join up with their squad.

“The results they have achieved this season speak for themselves but what really appealed was the burning desire from the coaches to continuously improve and evolve. I think the surface at Allianz Park will suit my game and I look forward to meeting up with my new teammates in the summer.

“I've really enjoyed my time at London Irish this season despite the obvious disappointment in getting relegated. There are some great people and players there, and I am sure that the talent within the squad will see them back in the Premiership in 2017/18.”

 

Vincent Koch

Koch will link up with the English and European Champions after a spell for Cape Town Super Rugby franchise Stormers that has seen the 26-year old capped by the Springbok’s on two occasions.

On joining Saracens, Koch said: "I am very honoured and privileged to join a champion team like Sarries. Ever since I visited Saracens I just knew that they would be the perfect club for me. I’m really looking forward to join the boys for the upcoming season to begin the hard work for the 2016/17 campaign.”

Vincent Koch is currently preparing to face England Saxons as part of Johan Ackermann’s South Africa A squad and he will join current Stormers team-mate Schalk Burger at Saracens next season, and will link-up with former Stormers Neil de Kock, Schalk Brits and Michael Rhodes at Allianz Park.

 

Mark Flanagan

The Blues lock, who has been a key part of the Goldington Road sides run to the Greene King IPA Championship play-offs will join Men in Black ahead of the 2016/17.

Saracens director of rugby Mark McCall said of Flanagan’s arrival: "We have been watching Mark for some time and he has proved himself one of the most impressive lock forwards in the Championship.

"We're delighted he's chosen to advance his career at Saracens.”

An Ireland international at U18, U19 and U20 levels, Flanagan - who is also English Qualified - emerged at senior level with Leinster, making a total of nine appearances, before heading to Mont-de-Marson in France.

Standing at an imposing six feet seven inches tall, the cousin of Ireland international Devin Toner has excelled while playing in the Pro D2 and has been a key part of Mike Rayer’s Bedford side who face Bristol in the Championship play-offs.

On signing for the reigning Aviva Premiership Champions, 26-year old Flanagan said: “Joining Saracens is fantastic opportunity for me. Sarries have a proven track record of developing players and I can’t wait to get started next season. I’ve really enjoyed my time at Bedford Blues and I’m grateful for the support they have shown me but I’m really looking forward to be joining such a fantastic club.”

 

 Schalk Burger

The world class Springbok loose forward will link-up with the reigning Aviva Premiership champions for the 2016/17 season after signing a two-year deal with the Allianz Park club.

Renowned as one of world rugby’s finest back row forwards, Burger has captained South Africa during his stellar 12-year international career and is a former IRB World Player of the year. He has won 86 caps for the Springboks and holds the record for the most tries (14) for a back row forward for his country. Burger will link up with Saracens after a spell with Japanese club Suntory Sungoliath and Super Rugby’s Stormers.

On his future move to Saracens, the 32-year old Burger said: “I’m delighted to be joining Saracens. I’m extremely excited to have the opportunity to play in both the Aviva Premiership and the European Cup, two of the leading competitions in world rugby for such a special club.

“It’s an exciting challenge for me and my family and hopefully I can add a lot of value both on and off the field to an already successful group of players and coaches. I’m looking forward to playing alongside my new teammates and playing in front of all the Saracens fans and getting to know everyone at Allianz Park.”

Saracens director of rugby, Mark McCall: “Schalk is a Springbok legend, and will add a huge amount of experience and quality to our young English pack of forwards at the club. We have always talked about having the right blend of experience and youth in our squad, so to be able to add one of the world’s finest players to the group is extremely exciting news. By the beginning of next season we will have lost two highly experienced back row forwards in Ernst Joubert and Jacques Burger, so to have a player of Schalk’s calibre coming into the squad is fantastic news.

“He is a man who has achieved everything there is to achieve in the game of rugby. Not only is he a fine rugby player, he is a humble and down to earth guy who we believe we will fit into the Saracens environment.

 

Alex Lozowski

The 22-year old former Yorkshire Carnegie man will link up with the Premiership champions for the beginning of the 2016/17 season after a three season spell with Wasps, where he has made 21 appearances to date.

A highly skilled playmaker with electric pace, the former Watford Grammar School student will bolster Saracens’ fly-half options with Charlie Hodgson hanging up his boots at the end of this season to take up a role as the club’s Head of Recruitment and Talent Identification.

Speaking about his move to Saracens, Lozowski said: “I'm very excited to be joining up with Saracens and believe that my ambitions as a player match those of the club. Saracens already have an outstanding squad of players, which includes a core of exciting young English talent. The environment and coaching match the quality of the squad, so it was an opportunity I couldn't turn down. I'm looking forward to developing my game and testing myself alongside some of the best players in the country."

Saracens director of rugby, Mark McCall: “We are delighted to bring Alex to the club next season. He is a very exciting player who we believe will add a lot to our squad. He is another young English player we can add to a squad that already has plenty of home-grown talent, and we are looking forward to seeing Alex develop both on and off the pitch.”

 

Savenaca Rawaca

The blockbusting Fijian wing or centre, who has lit up the World Rugby 7s circuit for Ben Ryan’s Fijian side, will link up with Saracens ahead of the 2016/17 season after signing a multi-year deal with the north Londoners.

Speaking of Rawaca’s signing, Saracens director of rugby Mark McCall said: “Save is an exciting player and at 24-years old he still has a huge amount of potential. I’m sure his physical type of game will flourish in both the Aviva Premiership and European rugby.

“What’s impressed us Save’s willingness to improve and work at his game, and we’re very excited to be welcoming one the game’s most exciting prospects to Allianz Park next season.”

On joining Saracens next season, Rawaca said: "I'm really excited and happy for this opportunity. It's a huge club that I want to play as well as I can for. Once my commitments with Fiji 7s finish after the Olympic Games my focus will be totally on 15's and Saracens. I intend on taking this opportunity with both hands and joining an amazing club with world class players and coaches."

The 24-year old, has been in blistering form for Fiji in the reduced form of rugby, having scored ten tries on this seasons World Rugby 7s circuit, and was a try scorer in the London 7s final against South Africa and in the Dubai 7s Final against England. 

He was also a member of the Flying Fijians training squads for both the 2015 Pacific Nations and Rugby World Cup in the fifteen-a-side game.

 

 

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