Lelo Saracens, Tbilisi, the champions of Georgia, have become the ninth club to join the Saracens global network.
Nigel Wray, Saracens chairman, said: “Georgia is a country with great rugby potential – more than 50,000 spectators recently watched the national team defeat Russia, and Lelo Saracens are the most successful and ambitious club team. We are delighted they have agreed to join our growing global network of Saracens clubs.”
Levan Maisashivli, head coach of Lelo Saracens Tbilisi, said: “We are honoured to form a partnership with Saracens. We look forward to sharing knowledge while understanding Saracens methods of management and coaching. Lelo Saracens is a young rugby club compared to Saracens and is eager to learn and grow while making our partnership as successful as possible for both parties for many years to come. We have adopted the Saracens name with pride and aspire to become a dominant force on and off the rugby field. We look forward to building a sustainable partnership that will develop Georgian rugby”.
The Saracens global network now includes the strongest rugby clubs in Brazil, Georgia, Kenya, Malaysia, Romania, Russia, Tonga, UAE, and USA.
Saracens support the global network partner clubs by providing kit, coaching support, manuals, community programmes, and offers a pathway into the professional game by inviting one young player from each club to win a place in the Saracens Academy.