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Mike Hynard worked at Saracens for 13 years prior to a stint with Premiership Rugby as Head of Academies before returning to Allianz Park as Academy Manager in May 2017.

“I am lucky to be working with such talented young coaches who have so much enthusiasm and drive to develop the next generation of Saracens players.”

He has overseen the development of a number of players with over 50 graduating from the Academy to play for the first team since 2008 including the likes of Owen Farrell, Will Fraser, Jamie George, Alex Goode, George Kruis, Ben Spencer, Duncan Taylor, Mako Vunipola and Jackson Wray.

During his time at Premiership Rugby, he assisted with the negotiation of the new Academy License Agreements which form part of the Professional Game Agreement between Premiership Rugby and RFU. This secured the 14-club Academy licences and their revised Academy regions until 2024.

In 2018/19, the Academy thrived under Hynard’s stewardship with 14 players featuring across the Gallagher Premiership, Heineken Champions Cup and Premiership Rugby Cup.

Saracens’ homegrown approach helped them reach the Prem Cup final in March while they won the Premiership Rugby Shield with a 55-14 victory over Newcastle Falcons A.

To add to that, 11 of the 23 involved in the club’s European Cup-winning matchday squad have come through the Academy pathway with 10 included in the Premiership final.

Further highlights included Premiership debuts for Ralph Adams-Hale, Dom Morris, Sean Reffell, Joel Kpoku, Billy Walker, Tom Griffiths and Andy Christie, and first league starts for Rotimi Segun, Tom Whiteley and Manu Vunipola.

The latter has also represented England Under-20s this season alongside Christie, Joel and Jon Kpoku with 17-year-old James Biss selected for Canada Under-20s.

Hynard extended his stay at Saracens for another four years in June 2019.

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