Feb 09, 2017
Wigglesworth praises Sarries depth
Saracens halfback Richard Wigglesworth has praised some of Saracens so-called ‘unsung heroes’ ahead of the club’s return to Aviva Premiership action against Worcester Warriors on Saturday.
One of the squads most experienced campaigners, the former England international has been a lynchpin of Saracens since he arrived at the club in 2010. Wigglesworth, 33, remains one of English rugby’s top scrum-halves, a man more than capable of adding to his 27 England caps and a key member of the ‘senior’ collective within the squad.
“The media spotlight usually swings onto the internationals in the squad,” said Wigglesworth, “but we are blessed with lads whose massive contributions often slip below the radar. I’m talking about Michael Rhodes whose versatility as back-row and lock is matched by his consistency and high standards. I’m talking about Jackson Wray, so often crucial at the coal-face without getting headlines.
“Look at the impact made by Alex Lozowski since arriving from Wasps last summer. Fly-half, midfield - he played fullback against Scarlets earlier this season where he had a blinder - quality goal-kicker.”
“We miss every lad who is unable to play, who wouldn’t given their quality? But such situations find out if there any weaknesses in the system. They also pose a tough test of your coaching staff’s intelligence.
“That alone tells you all you need to know about the Saracens squad and the intelligent coaching work that’s seen us coping with a succession of injury setbacks.”