Apr 12, 2018
Wyles reflects ahead of personal milestone
Chris Wyles has been looking back at some of his favourite moments as a Saracens player with his 250th appearance for the club just around the corner.
The USA international could reach the milestone this weekend against Bath at Allianz Park, if selected.
Having arrived in 2008 under now England head coach Eddie Jones’ stewardship, Wyles has 10 years’ worth of memories to take with him into retirement.
“My first appearance was away at Sale at Edgeley Park,” he recalled.
“I came off the bench and I remember the game vividly as Charlie Hodgson scored a drop goal to win the game for them. Ironically enough he joined the club and we became good mates.
“I don’t know why this springs to mind but on my 200th appearance I scored a try against Exeter at home. That was a nice icing on the cake moment for me especially.
“I think my favourite try would be against Exeter in the Premiership final which I think was the year we won the double. Looking back on that year with a little bit of hindsight, you realise what an unbelievable achievement it was given how hard it is to compete on both fronts during a season.
“It’s such a difficult thing to do and at the time we had a constant outlook of knowing it was going to happen but at the time the effort that had gone into that was incredible. To top it all off with a try in the final was a pretty cool moment.”
Wyles added: “I sometimes feel I was in the right place at the right time when Edward (Griffiths) and Brendan (Venter) came, and Smalley (Mark McCall), and to have that support of how Sarries grew as a club and for them to back me and believe in me as a person and as a player meant I’ve been able to have an amazing career here at Sarries. I feel very fortunate the club backed me in that way.”