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Saracens Men squad confirmed for 21/22 season

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Saracens is pleased to confirm our squad for the 2021/22 Gallagher Premiership season.

The return to the top-flight was secured back in June with the play-off victory over Ealing Trailfinders, and now the Men in Black can reveal their full squad for the new campaign.

They head to Bristol on Friday evening in the curtain raiser to the new season, fresh from two matches against Ulster in preparation for Ashton Gate.

NEW DEALS 

Ethan Lewis, who joined during the Championship campaign on loan from Cardiff has now signed a permanent contract and will be remaining at StoneX Stadium for two years. Tim Swinson, who came out of retirement for a spell at Sarries has also put pen to paper on another year after his relentless performances saw him voted the Players’ Player of the Season.

ACADEMY GRADUATES

Two players have made the step up to the first team on a permanent basis. Ben Harris, who starred at the Olympics during the summer has signed a long term deal, and he showed his potential with a hat-trick after coming on as a replacement in the pre-season victory against Ulster.

Sam Wainwright, the Wales Under 20s prop is also now with the senior squad and will be eyeing up some opportunities throughout the 21/22 campaign.

ARRIVALS 

Four new players made the move to StoneX Stadium in the summer and have added further depth to the squad. Scrum halves Ivan Van Zyl, who has six caps for the Springboks as well as Ruben de Haas who is a USA international have bolstered the number nine department.

Italian prop Marco Riccioni signed from Benetton, and will be completing with the likes of Vincent Koch and Alec Clarey for a spot on the right of the front-row. Theo McFarland also joined the North Londoners, the back-rower who previously represented Samoa at basketball is seen as a real prospect after putting pen to paper on a long term contract.

LOAN RETURNS 

Four of Saracens’ most successful academy graduates who spent last season on loan are back and ready to return to action at StoneX. Alex Lozowski won the European Rugby Challenge Cup during his time at Montpellier, as did both Max Malins and Ben Earl at Bristol, whilst Nick Isiekwe had a year at Northampton Saints.

Alex Goode and Nick Tompkins returned towards the end of the Championship campaign to add more firepower to the back-line.

DEPARTURES 

Michael Rhodes, who made over 100 appearances for the club including three Premiership titles and three European cups left at the end of the season, as did Calum Clark who retired to take up the position of Wellbeing and Personal Development Manager at the club.

A number of players who played their part in the Championship winning season left including  Tom Whiteley to Bristol, Alex Day to Bedford, Harry Sloan to Agen, Juan Pablo Socino to Leicester, Ali Crossdale to Wasps. Will Hooley and Josh Ibaunokpe also departed, as did Jon Kpoku who is now at Coventry.

Everyone at Saracens would like to wish our departing players all the best in their new ventures.

FULL SQUAD LIST 

Props

Alec Clarey

Mako Vunipola

Ralph Adams-Hale

Richard Barrington

Vincent Koch

Eroni Mawi

Marco Riccioni

Sam Wainwright

Hookers

Jamie George

Tom Woolstencroft

Kapeli Pifeleti

Ethan Lewis

Locks

Maro Itoje

Tim Swinson

Callum Hunter-Hill

Joel Kpoku

Nick Isiekwe

Back Row 

Andy Christie

Ben Earl

Billy Vunipola

Jackson Wray

Janco Venter

Sean Reffell

Theo McFarland

Scrum-Halves

Aled Davies

Ivan van Zyl

Ruben de Haas

Fly-Halves

Owen Farrell

Manu Vunipola

Centres

Alex Lozowski

Dom Morris

Duncan Taylor

Nick Tompkins

Elliot Daly

Back Three

Alex Goode

Alex Lewington

Elliott Obatoyinbo

Rotimi Según

Sean Maitland

Max Malins

Ben Harris

DEPARTURES 

Michael Rhodes

Will Hooley

Harry Sloan (Agen)

Alex Day (Bedford Blues)

Josh Ibuanokpe

Calum Clark (Retired)

Tom Whiteley (Bristol Bears)

Juan Pablo Socino (Leicester Tigers)

Ali Crossdale (Wasps)

Jonathan Kpoku (Coventry)

Source – Saracens


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Cokanasiga confirms future

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Bath Rugby can confirm England international Joe Cokanasiga has committed his future to the club.

The 25-year-old has been in fine form this season, scoring four tries in nine Gallagher Premiership matches to date, and joins Tom Dunn, Will Stuart, Sam Underhill, Cameron Redpath and Ben Spencer in extending his time at The Rec. 

“Joe has been excellent for us this season and we’re delighted he will be staying with us,” Head of Rugby Johann van Graan said.

“He has great physical attributes which he uses to great effect, and his offloading ability in contact has provided us with fantastic attacking opportunities.

“He is an exciting player for us and we have no doubt he will continue to be an integral member of our squad.”



Cokanasiga has flourished under van Graan and has had a notable influence in games due to his power and pace. 

Since arriving in the West Country, the bulldozing wing has featured over 50 times for the Blue, Black and White whilst also making a significant impact on the international stage.

Debuting in 2018 against Japan, Cokanasiga has scored 12 tries in 14 Test matches, adding to his 21 in Bath colours. 

“There are goals I still want to accomplish here,” he said. 

“I really want to mark my time at the club by winning trophies; that’s a big ambition of mine. 

“A lot of change has taken place over the past few years, but this season I’ve found consistency in my performances. I feel I’ve positively contributed to the club’s progression and I’m excited by what’s to come in the next chapter.”


 

JOIN JOE AT THE REC FOR OUR REMAINING HOME GAMES!

Bath Rugby return to action on Saturday 18 February against London Irish before hosting Bristol Bears on Friday 24 February.

Exeter Chiefs head to The Rec on Sunday 26 March in our penultimate home outing.

Whatever takes your fancy, get your tickets!

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Chiefs fullback agrees new deal

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By Mark Stevens
31/1/23

Josh Hodge says he’s ‘over the moon’ to have agreed a new long-term deal with the Exeter Chiefs.

The gifted full-back has pledged his future to the Devon club and believes an exciting period lies ahead for him and everyone at Sandy Park.

Signed in the summer of 2020 from Gallagher Premiership rivals Newcastle Falcons, the 22-year-old has to date made 37 first-team appearances, scoring 39 points in all competitions.

He is seen by many, including Director of Rugby, Rob Baxter, as one of the crown jewels in Exeter’s exciting vision for the future and news that he is staying put for the foreseeable future will be welcomed by everyone connected with the Chiefs.

“To be honest, it wasn’t a hard decision to sign a new contract with this fantastic club,” said Hodge. “Personally, I’m over the moon and I’m looking forward to my future here in the sunny county of Devon.

“There has been a lot of effort, good business decisions and hard work, both in training and on the pitch, to achieve the results the club has achieved in recent years.”

Alongside Hodge, the Chiefs are investing heavily in bringing through their next crop of young talent, such as Dafydd Jenkins, Christ Tshiunza, Marcus Street, Richard Capstick, Sam Maunder, Will Becconsall and Greg Fisilau to name but a few.

“I’m looking forward to working with the team to help the club attain its rightful position towards the top of all the competitions we take part in and justify the efforts of past players and trainers,” added Hodge.

“All the building blocks have been put in place by the board, backroom staff and coaches and it’s up to the team to work tirelessly to put the cherry on the cake and deliver the results the Chiefs and our fans deserve.”

Others within the current Chiefs ranks are expected to confirm they are also extending their stays with the club in the coming days and weeks.

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Tigers sign Brown on short-term contract

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Leicester Tigers can confirm the signing of Mike Brown on a short-term contract.

The outside-back joins Tigers after previously representing Harlequins, where he won two Premiership titles, and Newcastle Falcons.

Brown has made 72 Test appearances for England and featured in three Six Nations winning campaigns for the national side.

Speaking about the addition of Brown, Leicester Tigers Head Coach Richard Wigglesworth said: “Mike is an experienced Premiership player, who has represented his country and won trophies at club and Test level.

“His experience and his knowledge is vital during this Six Nations period where we have a number of players away.

“Mike is hungry to prove himself out on the pitch and impressed us with not only what he’s saying and doing off the pitch, but his efforts on the field and willingness to help those guys around him.

“Above all, Mike is a competitor and wants to be successful. We want those attributes in our players and he offers that.”

Discussing the move to Leicester Tigers, Brown said: “To join a club like this with all of its history and players who have been here before, it is amazing.”

“When Leicester Tigers offer you the chance to go into the environment, it is a hard one to turn down.”

Brown joins after a trial period at the club, about which he added: “To get the chance to come into the environment has been great so far and a really positive experience for me.”

“It has just had a great impression on me, led by enthusiastic coaches – one of which in Wiggy I have played a lot of rugby with – and then equally, all of the players have welcomed me in.

“I have felt sharp and it has been really good out on the field with this group of Tigers players.”

Brown recently featured for The Barbarians and, looking ahead to a potential return to professional rugby, said: “I still believe I have a part to play in the game. I didn’t believe it was my time to stop because I felt good and I still feel good.”

“I have been staying fit, wanting to be ready and not just hanging on to hope but being best prepared if it did.”

Brown joins the club effective immediately.

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