Sep 20, 2018
I’m what they call a nause! – Wigglesworth
Richard Wigglesworth says the Saracens environment has helped him be in the position to break the Premiership appearance record.
The England scrum-half plays his 266th league game on Sunday, surpassing Steve Borthwick’s total.
It’s an achievement Wigglesworth had targeted since his former captain set the number and he is thankful for his teammates and backroom staff in helping him do so.
“At the start you just want to play a few games, try and get in the team and stay there,” he said.
“I’m someone who has always set reasonably lofty goals and I’ve probably not achieved many of them, but this was one a few years ago I looked at.
“I remember Steve Borthwick getting the record when he was my captain here and I thought of how good that was, how consistent and durable he was to get there so I looked at how many games I was on and realised if I played well and stayed in a good team like this that with a bit of luck I’d not only get this but try and take it to a few more.
“I’ve made changes over the past few years and tried to get a bit smarter with how I do things. I’m very lucky we have great physios and S&C here, and a special mention goes to Andy Edwards who has worked very closely with me and pushed me to what I wanted to achieve.
“I still love the game; I’m what they call a nause! I love being part of this group and everything it brings, and it makes it easy to come to work every day. I can’t say enough about this environment.”