Oct 30, 2017
Anglo-Welsh window perfect for Sarries youngsters - McCall
Mark McCall believes that the Anglo-Welsh Cup will provide Saracens the perfect opportunity to unearth their next future star, with the competition due to start this weekend when Saracens’ host Harlequins on Sunday (kick-off 15h00).
The competition has been a breeding ground for Saracens academy talent - capped by England earlier this summer, lock-forward Nick Isiekwe was the latest Sarries youngster to have made his senior debut in the Cup competition in Saracens' Anglo-Welsh clash against Gloucester in November 2016, following the likes of Maro Itoje, Owen Farrell, George Kruis and Jackson Wray in making their senior bows in the competition that Saracens won in 2015.
“The Anglo-Welsh Cup is an exciting time for us as a Club as we get the chance to give some of our younger players a run in the side in a pressurised environment,” said McCall ahead of Sunday’s clash against Harlequins at Allianz Park.
“This competition gives the players the chance to play alongside and against some seasoned and experienced players. It’s an opportunity for them to go into match situations alongside players of that ilk, and in terms of development it’s fantastic for the players involved.
“It also gives us a chance to rest some of players who have played in the Premiership and Europe, and we can get some of our players who haven’t had that much game time some much needed action.
“It’s a competition that has served us well in the past, and we’re looking forward to this season’s campaign.”
Catch the next generation of Saracens stars this weekend, tickets for Sunday’s game against Harlequins are still available from www.saracens.com/tickets