Apr 28, 2017
Brits becomes Saracens 10th double centurion
Schalk Brits joins an illustrious club as he makes his 200th Saracens appearance on Saturday afternoon against Bristol.
The only other current members of the Saracens squad to have made 200 appearances for the club are full-back Alex Goode (226), winger Chris Wyles (222) and bonafide Saracens legend Neil De Kock (256) who will be saying farewell to the club in his final game on Saturday.
Brits has played alongside that trio since 2009 and as a group they have won a cumulative 20 major honours between them. Other members of the Men in Black 200 club include Kyran Bracken (208), Matt Cairns (211), Richard Hill (275), Kevin Sorrell (304), John Buckton (319) and Kris Chesney (338).
Of the achievement, the 35-year-old South African hooker explained: “The best part of Saturday is going to be playing with friends that I’ve played with from day one here.
“It’s going to be a special game, not because of my 200th but the history and memories we’ve made these last 8 years”
Goode and Wyles have been in the first team setup since 2008 and have formed part of the Premiership winning sides of 2011, 2015 and 2016 as well as the 2016 Champions Cup winning team. Both have earned international honours for England and the USA respectively and are hugely respected members of the rugby community.
The third fellow member of the 200 club is Brits’ compatriot De Kock joined the club in 2006 and has given 11 years of loyal and dedicated service and has been lauded for his contribution by teammate and club captain, Brad Barritt.
He said: “Neil is probably the best import Saracens and the Aviva Premiership has ever seen, not only because of his longevity and frightening consistency of high level performances, but for the impact he has had off the field.”