Sep 25, 2015
Fraser and Gill glad to be back
With Saracens running out at Allianz Park for the first time since May, no one will be more delighted to take to the field against Northampton Saints on Saturday than Will Fraser, who has not played a competitive match for almost 11 months.
The 25-year old loose forward has been named at openside flanker for the game alongside Ernst Joubert and new signing Michael Rhodes in the Saracens back row. Speaking ahead of the game, Fraser said: “It’s like my comeback part 8!”
“It is hard to have to sit on the side lines during what was a monumental season for the club. For me, this weekend feels like I’m making my debut again after being out for so long. It’s my first game in ten and a half months – I’m trying to keep it all in but to be honest I really can’t wait for the weekend”
On facing Northampton, he added; “There is always a bit of bite in this fixture, whether that’s a league game or a friendly. You can’t ask for a better team to play against to get back in the swing of things. It’s a perfect test for ourselves and to test how we are getting along in preseason, we are raring to go”
Another player who will be delighted to take to the field again is Welsh loosehead prop Rhys Gill. The experienced prop forward was another Sarrie who unfortunately endured an injury hit 2014/15 campaign, but says he is raring to go for the upcoming 2015/16 season as the club looks to defend their Aviva Premiership title.
“It’s good to be back,” said Gill, “I pulled my calf at London Welsh last year which was a week before the semi-final, so to miss those weeks for me personally was so gutting. I’m just delighted to be back playing with the boys again.”
With England facing Wales in the second pool match of the Rugby World Cup, one would have thought Rhys Gill, being a proud Welshman, would be waxing lyrical about the Dragons’ chances this Saturday. However, with so many of his friends and teammates representing England, he seemed to be sitting firmly on the fence.
Gill said: “It’s a weird one actually, I’m Welsh and support the Welsh boys, but there are a lot of Sarries boys in the England squad and I want them to do well. So I guess I’m also half cheering for England at the same time. Never thought I’d ever say that six years ago”
In contrast, Will Fraser was far less diplomatic when asked about the game.
“I think England are definitely going to win,” he said. “Joking aside, it’s going to be a heck of a game. It’s a huge test for both sides but I think we have a good, strong team and I’m pleased to see a lot of Sarries guys in there, so I hope it’s going to be a good win for England”