Aug 10, 2017
'We're as motivated as ever' - Wyles
Heading into his tenth season with Saracens, Chris Wyles will have the ‘privilege’ of captaining the Men in Black in their first preseason hit-out later tonight against the USA Islanders.
Wyles, who has made 227 appearances for Sarries, will be leading out Saracens in a game against the USA Islanders, who Wyles reveals are a team he is pretty familiar with.
“To come and play the USA Islanders team with the Saracens boys is a real privilege and to be skippering the side really is a bit surreal, but I can’t wait to get out there with the team,” said Wyles ahead of the game. “Personally, with my USA connections, to get to play a team who have a few guys who I know really well makes it that even more special. The two coaches, Tui (Tui Osborne) & Vaha (Vahafolau Esikia, I played with them in the 2007 Rugby World Cup, and in amongst the squad they are some players who I played alongside in the Rio Olympics in 2016. I know a lot of them really well and I’m really looking forward to be playing against them.”
“A lot of these USA Islanders guys will be heading out there tonight and playing with a huge amount of pride. I know that there is a lot of talent in this side, and I’ve been on record before saying how the USA Islanders are a real driving force in USA rugby, pushing things forward and growing the game, so we’re very much prepared for big battle and we’re heading into the game to take this Atlantic Cup very seriously.”
Saracens head into the game on the back of six weeks preseason training, with tonight’s clash the first of three preseason friendlies with Saracens facing Bedford Blues and Timisoara Saracen later this month. Wyles, who has played a key role in Saracens transformation from Premiership also-rans to European powerhouses since his arrival from Northampton Saints in the 2008, believes the squad are as hungry as ever as they continue preparations for the 2017/18 campaign.
“We’re as motivated as ever,” said Wyles. “We had an amazing European campaign last season and a slightly disappointing end to our domestic season, but I think that’s the great thing about our side, it’s about the process, the journey and we’re very humble and we remain very hungry. I think for us we look to start from zero at the beginning of every season. Anything you’ve done before is practically irrelevant, so it’s all about how we approach the new season and Thursday evening is the first step for us in that respect.”
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