You can watch Saracens legends such as Thomas Castaignede, Paddy Johns, Jason Leonard, Kris Chesney and Steve Ravenscroft in action at Allianz Park on Sunday as a curtain-raiser to the top of the table Aviva Premiership clash when Saracens meet Harlequins.
Allianz Park plays host to the annual John Buckton XV match on Sunday and for those who aren’t aware of the fixture, the game has been an annual event since its inception 10 years ago and has traditionally been staged at Saracens old home, Bramley Road.
The fixture takes its name from the ex-Saracen and England International centre John Buckton, who helped establish the concept. The match has always traditionally been between a “Saracens Old Boys” team and the Saracens Scimitars, who still play and represent Saracens at Bramley Road.
Kick off for the Old Boys match will be 11am and gates will be open in time at Allianz Park for you to watch some of the former Saracens players in action.
The game will be divided into three separate sessions;
- Session One 11.00am – 80’s team (players who joined & played in that decade)
- Session Two 11.25am- 90’s team (players who joined & played in that decade)
- Session Three 11.50am – 00’s ‘The Dream Team’ – (players from 2000 onwards)
The annual fixture will have its first outing at Allianz Park, and organiser and ex-Saracens midfield maestro Buckton has expressed his and many other ex-players excitement of playing at Saracens’ new home.
“I’ve had some great responses from my re-union players, everyone very much looking forward to trying out the new surface.”
He added: “Many of them will not have been to the stadium before, and I’m sure they’ll be impressed. Allianz Park and the infrastructure around the stadium is starting to look great. I’ve been twice now and each time massive improvements have been made and I’m sure once the landscaping has had a chance to bed in, and some of the smaller projects are completed around the ground – it will be one of the best venues in the premiership.”
The full squads for the games will be announced on Friday.