Scrum-Half Richard Wigglesworth enjoyed his time with England this summer and is looking forward to upcoming season with Saracens.
Wigglesworth began his first week of preseason on Monday, and is excited to be training alongside an “amazing squad” preparing for the 2013/14 season.
“The coaching staff and the strength and conditioners have been pretty intelligent as they have eased us in since we’ve returned, as some of us such as Billy (Vunipola) Stretts and Rhys (Gill) have only returned this week” explained Wigglesworth.
“I was wondering whether I’d be as excited this preseason as maybe I was last year, as in the lead up to last preseason was on the back of me being injured for some time, but I’m as excited this year and I can’t wait to get going” he revealed.
“We have an amazing squad here, which we’ve strengthened – we need to take that form which we had at the back end of last year of last season and start big”.
“The standard of some of guys is superb; for instance Chris Ashton really is flying in training; I haven’t seen him in better nick truth be told – he really is impressing.
He added; “All the lads are in good condition really, and they are working really hard so it’s up to us lads who arrived a bit later to catch them up now”.
Wigglesworth was part of the England tour to South America this summer that also included Saracens Defence guru Paul Gustard, winger David Strettle and new recruit Billy Vunipola, and he enjoyed the tour.
“The trip was good;, I was the elder statesman of that tour, along with Stretts (David Strettle), and at times it felt like we were in an under 20s camp” he joked. “There was a great set of lads on tour and we got some great results” said the 30-year old halfback.
“It was good to have Guzzy (Paul Gustard) there; I think the lads really enjoyed his coaching style and he didn’t hold back within in the group, I don’t think many people knew what he was on about in his first meeting but his quality, knowledge and enthusiasm certainly impressed the squad that’s for sure”.
Wigglesworth played alongside Saracens new signing Billy Vunipola on the tour, and the Blackpool born scrum half believes the former Wasps No.8 will be a “great player” for the club.
“I played with him on tour and it reaffirmed that I’m very happy that I won’t have to play against him ever again now, he is one big boy with some skills to go with it and in my opinion Billy is going to be a top class performer and he will be a great player for us”.