Jul 14, 2015
Saracens move an 'easy decison' - Vunisa
Saracens' new recruit Samuela Vunisa took a break out of his Rugby World Cup preparations with Italy to visit Saracens last week.
The Fijian-born Azzuri back-rower is one of three Saracens summer signings that will be joining the reigning Aviva Premiership Champions at Allianz Park, with the former Zebre star linking up with the club alongside Stormers back-row forward Michael Rhodes and Exeter bolter, Joel Conlon also heading to north London.
Vunisa, who impressed in Italy’s 2015 Six Nations campaign, says the chance to join Saracens wasn’t a difficult choice to make.
“It was an easy decision to join Saracens,” said Vunisa. “It’s great opportunity for me and my family. I’m from a small island in Fiji, so to be able to live in a big City and play for a club like Saracens is amazing.
“The set-up is really good, very professional and is up there with international standards. I spoke to the trainers and the coaches and the week I spent with the club I was building up to another international camp. The week was great for getting to know the boys, and it was really nice to feel welcomed into the fold.”
Vunisa spent a week at Saracens’ St Albans training ground before linking up with Jacques Brunel’s Italian World Cup camp this week. On his week’s Hertfordshire hiatus, he praised the welcoming nature of his new teammates.
The 26-year old said: “To come into a new environment where the professionalism is really high, it’s great to feel included and be welcomed so well. I want to push myself as much as I can and keep on improving. I want to help the club to challenge for honours, and I’ve got to keep working week-in-week-out to that. Hopefully I can play my part later this year.”