Apr 12, 2016
Saracens Stars Looking Forward To "Special" Wembley Atmosphere
Derby Day at Wembley Stadium is only a few days away and the excitement is building for one of the biggest events in the Saracens calendar. Wembley is unique venue and a special day out for many fans. It’s also a great stage for the players who are looking forward to taking to the hallowed turf to face Harlequins this Saturday.
“It’s a massive privilege to play in all the big games and stadiums” said Owen Farrell, “but at the same time you put the work in not so you just turn up on the big stages but in every game wherever it is…to be involved in these big games and play on big stages like Saturday you have to perform consistently and that’s what you put pressure on yourself to do”
One Saracen in particular who has performed consistently in his outings at Wembley is Chris Ashton. "I’ve really enjoyed the games I’ve played at Wembley", acknowledges Ashton, "and I’ve crossed for a few tries as well. It has that special atmosphere and games against Harlequins always have that big-game feel."
For many of the squad Wembley brings back special memories but for Ashton the yearly outing is the realisation of a childhood dream. “My family used to go to Wembley for the Challenge Cup final whenever Wigan were there.” Ashton explains. “They usually won. My last visit was in 1998, I was 11, and we lost 17-8 to massive underdogs Sheffield Eagles. That Wigan side included Andy Farrell, Gary Connolly, Jason Robinson and Henry Paul. I dreamed of playing for Wigan at Wembley but I never imagined I’d play rugby union there.”
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