Aug 16, 2018
I feel more confident in myself - Spencer
It’s been quite the year for Saracens scrum-half Ben Spencer.
The 26-year-old welcomed his second child, Oscar, into the world a day before scoring at Northampton Saints in April before ending the season as Sarries’ top try-scorer in the Premiership.
Things got better for the Stockport-born back as he picked up a domestic winners’ medal and was called up by Eddie Jones for England’s tour of South Africa.
Earning his first cap off the bench in the first Test, Spencer described walking out and singing the national anthem as ‘pretty emotional and special’ and he is now focused on continuing his learning back with the Men in Black.
“The tour was good and I learned a huge amount from it – I feel more confident in myself,” he said.
“It was a great experience and there were so many brilliant players there. It was great to learn off a few new faces and the likes of Ben Youngs who has 70 or 80 caps now; it’s good to learn off those type of people.
“I’m excited to be back at Saracens and can’t wait to carry on learning and put my best foot forward.”
Despite playing in every single Premiership game last season and going on a summer tour, Spencer says he feels fresh upon his return to Saracens training and is raring to go ahead of another physically-demanding campaign.
“This year was a tough one because of everything that was going on at home and playing every game.
“I’ve come back now feeling good, refreshed and I’m ready to crack on with the season. I’m in a lucky position where I can play week-in, week-out because I’m not scrummaging or taking big hits; I’m not getting those contact whereas other people are getting smashed about.
“Physically it’s tough but I’ve had five weeks off and I’ve come back to pre-season ready to go.”