Jan 30, 2015
Timisoara Saracens lock to start against Blue Bulls
Timisoara Saracens second row Valentin Poparlan (pictured) will start for Saracens against the Blue Bulls at Allianz Park on Saturday.
The 40 cap Romanian international will make his first appearance for Saracens. His inclusion highlights the club’s policy of giving opportunities to talented players from the Global Network.
Saracens Director of Rugby Mark McCall said: “Valentin has enjoyed a superb season for Timisoara Saracens, and our coaches have been keeping a close eye on his progress. It’s a great opportunity for him to test himself against some of the best players in the world on the big stage.
“The Saracens Global Network allows us to give chances to gifted players from developing rugby countries like Valentin and Catalin (Fercu) who has been with us this season on trial from Timisoara. It’s a fantastic initiative that creates a pathway for talented players all around the globe.“
Valentin Poparlan Factfile
Contracted by Timisoara Saracens RCM UVT since 2012, he won the SuperLiga Cup in 2013 and the Romania Cup in 2014.
• 40 Test caps
• 30 Test points (6 tries)
• Test debut: IRB Nations Cup - Romania vs Namibia, on June 16th, 2007
• Last test match: Romania vs Canada, on November 22nd, 2014
• Participant in the 2011 RWC, New Zealand