Saracens will play the Sharks, from South Africa, at Allianz Park on Saturday 25 January, 2014 in the Sanlam Private Investment Challenge.
The match between the Premiership leaders and the Currie Cup champions will present a rare opportunity to assess the relative strengths of club rugby in the northern and southern hemisphere.
Mark McCall, Director of Rugby, said: “Our players will enjoy the challenge presented by a full-strength Sharks team, packed with Springboks like Bismarck du Plessis and Francois Steyn, and it’s sure to be a fantastic rugby occasion at Allianz Park.”
John Smit, CEO of the Sharks, said: “It will be a wonderful experience for our players to travel to London and play at Allianz Park. The match is a crucial part of our preparations for the new Super XV season and it will also be the first match in charge for our new coach, Jake White.”
The match has been approved by SA Rugby, and will be presented for approval by the RFU Board next week.
It will be a busy weekend for the north London club. Saracens will host Newcastle Falcons in an LV=Cup match at Allianz Park the following day, on Sunday 26 January. McCall added: “It will be all hands to the pump. The LV=Cup is very important to us – we’ve won both pool matches so far – and we’re confident the squad will cope with the twin challenge.”
The Sharks match is not included in the 2013/14 Saracens season ticket, but season-ticket holders will have preferential booking for this match until 21h00 on Saturday 14 December, with a 25% discount on normal prices. Seasonal hospitality customers will be contacted separately.
Season ticket holders should click here to secure your seats.
General sales will open at 09h00 on Sunday 15 December. For ticket prices and to buy tickets after the 15th December please click here.