Nov 01, 2017
Young Sarries can step-up in Anglo-Welsh Cup - Barritt
Brad Barritt believes the upcoming Anglo-Welsh Cup period will act the perfect barometer for the squad’s depth ahead of the competition’s return this weekend.
A youthful Saracens side will face Harlequins at Allianz Park on Sunday, kick-off 15h00 with several promising up-and-coming talents due to take the field with a number of squad players looking for some much-needed game-time.
The inspirational Saracens skipper is one of a number of senior players who will take a well-earned break during the Cup window, but ahead of the cross-border competition he has sounded out a rallying call to some of the club’s up and coming stars.
“Every game you play for Saracens is important and we constantly talk about never having a pick and choose mentality,” said Barritt. “The next game is the game we try and win and for the lads playing this week that's all that the team will be thinking about heading into the game. Historically, there’s a lot of enthusiasm and excitement when we head into our first Anglo-Welsh Cup home game of the season. It's a great chance for us to show our home supporters just how good the squad is.
“Some lads have waited a few weeks to show what they can do, and this competition is important for players to put their hand up and remind everyone of their talent and worth to the team.”
In Barritt’s absence, England U20 back-row Ben Earl will skipper the side, with his teammate Max Malins also part of the leadership group for the upcoming games.
“Ben Earl and Max Malins are two bright young leaders,” said the former England international, “these games will play an important role in their development I’m sure.
“What’s been great to see in the Anglo-Welsh Cup over the last few season’s is how some of younger players have come into the side and really flourished. Over the last few seasons the likes of Maro Itoje, Ben Spencer, Nick Tompkins and Nick Isiekwe have used this competition as a platform for bigger and better things, with Maro (Itoje) and Nick (Isiekwe) having gone on to represent their country in what seems no time at all.
Barritt added: “Once again, we have another crop of talented and promising academy players who are chomping at the bit for this type of opportunity and I’m sure the Saracens fans will be right behind them this weekend.”
Catch the next generation of Saracens stars this weekend, tickets for Sunday’s game against Harlequins are still available from www.saracens.com/tickets