May 27, 2016
Getting to know Saracens with Alistair Hargreaves
Saracens club captain Alistair Hargreaves gives us the inside track on Saracens’ Aviva Premiership final squad.
The Sarries skipper who has been sidelined for tommorow’s English rugby showpiece with a knee injury takes us through his teammates from 1-23.
Alex Goode: “Deservedly Aviva Premiership Player of the year. Outstanding in every way. Also known as Kryptonite or the Drone.”
Chris Ashton: “A real head scratcher as to why he’s not heading to Australia this summer. Phenomenal player. Filthy rich. Cashton.”
Duncan Taylor: “One of those annoying people who is good at everything. Quite possibly the most laid back man in the universe. His selection as Players Player of the Year speaks volumes of his character and his standing within the group.”
Brad Barritt (c): “The most competitive man alive. An inspirational leader and hates losing on and off the pitch. At the heart of everything we do at Saracens and according to my sources in the backs, the worst footballer at the Club.”
Chris Wyles: “Like a fine red wine, gets better with age….and usually gets you hammered. Might be why I started a brewery with him...”
Owen Farrell: “The ultimate pro. Passionate and knowledgeable. He’s taken his game and this team to new heights this season.”
Richard Wigglesworth: “Mouthy, quick-witted and an absolute all-rounder on the pitch. Class.”
Mako Vunipola: “Not bad for a 45 year old….show me that man’s passport. 100th game for the Club tomorrow, is growing as a leader and is continually driving himself and those around him.”
Schalk Brits: “Unpredictable, unconventional, unbelievable. His endless energy and positivity is infectious.”
Petrus Du Plessis: “Beetlejuice. His scrummaging is significantly better than his chat. One of the best tightheads in the game. Still waiting for that phone call from Eddie."
Maro Itoje: “Should be playing 6.”
George Kruis: “An unsung hero. A huge capacity to work hard and manages to keep a smile on his face despite copping an awful amount of flack. A legend in the making.”
Michael Rhodes: “Frank the Tank is an incredibly popular man with an outstanding lid. Uncompromisingly hard with a work-rate almost as big as his bottom lip.”
Will Fraser: “The comeback king! His positivity in the face of adversity is astounding. Will surely wear the England jersey soon. Needs to lose the beard though…leave it to the pros.”
Billy Vunipola: “Keeps getting better. Best No8 in the world, and the most ridiculous laugh you’ve ever heard.”
Jamie George: “An incredibly Girthy bloke who everyone absolutely loves. Has mastered every skill in the book (except dancing). Will be a force for England for many years to come.”
Richard Barrington: “An old school character who is endlessly entertaining. Refreshing to see in the modern era."
Juan Figallo: “Been to the brink and back with injury but has comeback with an incredible attitude. Always working, always learning. Contributes in every aspect to the team.”
Jim Hamilton: “Famed as a brawler and a mauler but don’t let the tattoos and icy glare fool you, he’s charismatic and witty with wicked sense of humour. Has a man crush on Cashton”
Jackson Wray: “Has a side profile of an African wildebeest. Devastatingly physical and someone who lives the values of the club through and through. At the heart of the Class of ’08.”
Neil De Kock: “An incredibly talented youngster with so much potential. Keep your eye on this one, he’s going places!”
Charlie Hodgson: “An incredibly talented youngster with so much potential. Keep your eye on this one, he’s going places!”
Marcelo Bosch: “Epitome of cool on and off the field. A true gentleman and a joy to be around. Duncan Taylor once told me he ‘wouldn’t mind being him’. Some accolade.”