Aug 25, 2017
Saracens Global Network Making Strides
Allianz Park will be welcoming Global Network team Timisoara Saracens tonight for the Men in Black’s final preseason game.
Timisoara are one of nine teams that make up the Saracens Global Network, with the other eight based in Abu Dhabi, Seattle, Nairobi, Tbilisi, Moscow, Toa, Kuala Lumpur, and Sao Paolo.
It will be the first time the senior squad has taken on a partner club, and the Western Romanian side will provide a fitting test for Sarries final tune up.
They are back-to-back Romanian SuperLiga champions, and even played in last year’s Challenge Cup, facing Harlequins in the group stage.
The team has gone from strength to strength since the arrival of Chester Williams, of South Africa’s 1995 World Cup winning team, as head coach in 2012 (now director of rugby). They began their partnership with Saracens in 2014 and haven’t looked back since.
The network is committed to driving the growth of rugby in second and third tier nations, with many partnered clubs being leaders in their respective countries.
With eight players currently on the national side, Timisoara have established themselves as one of Romania’s premier clubs.
All partner teams benefit from community coaching provided by Saracens, aimed at teaching and inspiring young people to take up the sport; as well as opportunities for the team’s coaches to come to North London and observe Mark McCall’s operation at work.
The program has helped spread top class coaching worldwide. Former Northampton Saint Wil Snape-Rogers became Seattle Saracens head coach this summer; and former Leinster director of rugby Matt Williams also took on the head coach role at Timisoara.
With a growing global influence, Friday’s game may be a sign of big things to come for Saracens Global Network.