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Saracens Set to Sign Springboks Out-Half

Saracens have agreed a deal to sign a Springbok fly-half ahead of the new season

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Saracens have agreed to sign Stormer and Springboks No 10 Damien Willemse as a World Cup cover player if he fails to break into Rassie Erasmus’ 31-man squad.

The out-half, who can also play centre, winger and full-back is currently playing in the Currie Cup but has been given the opportunity to play for Saracens according to Western Province coach John Dobson.

“If he doesn’t go to the World Cup, Damian could have an opportunity to go to Saracens on a short-term loan. If that does come about it will be a good thing for him as he can learn a lot through a short stint in the UK. Saracens, as you know, have a very good kicking game. If he goes there he will learn a lot about the game management that is expected of fly-half and he will come back better equipped to do well for us in Super Rugby. Our WP captain Chris van Zyl played for Saracens last year, enjoyed it and learnt a lot from the experience and was then back to take part in our pre-season,” he said.

As well as gaining experience Willemse could get some vital game time and be match-fit should an injury occur to someone in the 31-man squad and he would therefore be available to slot in.

Having come back from a knee injury Willemse is preparing for Western Province’s final Currie Cup game this weekend against the Cheetahs. Dobson is sure that Willemse could cut it at the reigning European and Premiership champions, but nothing is confirmed that he will head to England.

“Damian is a special kid off the field as well as on it and is a deep thinker on the game so I don’t think he’s going to be too badly knocked if he isn’t in the World Cup squad, but he does want to make a point to the national selectors. In his mind, he is still playing for a chance to be in the World Cup squad. Damian showed us last week when he came on against Griquas what a good attacking fly-half he is and we are expecting a lot from him against the Cheetahs. He is really motivated to do well for us and hopefully push our season out by another few weeks, but if he is not in the World Cup squad when it is announced on Monday he will then give some thought to Saracens,” he added.

The Springboks’ World Cup squad is set to be announced on Monday and it seems unlikely Willemse will be involved which would open the door for him to cover for the likes of England’s Owen Farrell while they go to Japan.


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Club Statement – December 1

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Exeter Chiefs

1/12/22

Members of Exeter Rugby Club on Wednesday night passed a resolution for a percentage of shares in Sandy Park Hotel Limited to be sold to club chairman and chief executive, Tony Rowe OBE.

The sale of the shares mean Mr Rowe now has a majority stake of Sandy Park Hotel Limited moving forward, but that the Rugby Club itself still maintains a sizeable percentage of the shares themselves.

The fee paid for the shares by Mr Rowe not only provides an injection of capital to keep cash flow going, but will also help service substantial debts accrued by Exeter Rugby Club due to the impact of the Covid pandemic in 2020.

Part of the resolution was also that directors shall use their best endeavours to retain at least 26% shareholding in Sandy Park Hotel Limited and also prior to any disposal of shares they will likewise use their best endeavours to enter into a Shareholding Agreement to ensure that in the event of the company at any time selling a part or whole of a minority holding in Sandy Park Hotel Limited, no discount shall be applied to the value or the shares on account of their being from a minority holding.

The club will be making no further comment on the matter.

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Saracens sign Springbok on short term deal

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Saracens is excited to announce the signing of Francois Hougaard on a three-month deal.

The former Springbok will bring a wealth of experience to StoneX Stadium with over 100 appearances in the Gallagher Premiership as well as 44 caps for South Africa.

The 34-year-old provides more cover to the wing as a number of backs continue their journey back to action.

Hougaard is delighted to be heading to North London.

“I am really excited about the opportunity to join Saracens. They are a great club with many fantastic players and I look forward to helping them build on their success over the years.”

Director of Rugby Mark McCall is pleased to welcome the South African to StoneX Stadium.

“Francois is a player with great experience and we are excited to see the impact he can make with us over the coming months.”

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Injury Update with Compeed ahead of Harlequins

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Ahead of the weekend’s match against Harlequins, Bath Rugby Head of Medical Services Rory Murray has provided a squad injury update.


Alfie Barbeary
Alfie had hamstring surgery at the end of September. As he has only just arrived at the club, we are working with him to establish where he is in his recovery. He will return this season. 

Lewis Boyce
Lewis picked up a knee injury against London Irish in October. He is now back in full training.

Chris Cloete
Chris is back running following his broken foot sustained against Wasps in September. He is on course for a return at the end of December.

Jaco Coetzee
Jaco had ankle surgery earlier in the season. He will return the backend of December/the beginning of January.

Gabriel Hamer-Webb
Gabriel injured his ankle against Newcastle Falcons at the start of November. His aim for return is the end of January.

Ruaridh McConnochie
Ruaridh injured his hamstring against Newcastle Falcons at the start of November. It is a similar injury to what Tom de Glanville experienced this season. His aim for return is mid-December.  

Quinn Roux
Quinn suffered a knee injury against the Barbarians. He requires surgery and will return at the end of February.

Will Stuart
Will returned from his knee injury for England against New Zealand. A week later against South Africa, he suffered a dislocated elbow which does not require surgery. He will not return for at least eight weeks.

Sam Underhill
Following his shoulder surgery, Sam has been integrated back into full training. He is set to return in mid-December.  

Mike Williams
Mike has experienced a new knee injury. He is on course for an end-of-January return.


 

 

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