Saracens eye greater glory with the young group of players
Steve Borthwick, the captain of the Saracens Rugby club had announced his retirement from professional Rugby at the end of the previous season. The experienced English and former Bath lock had moved to Saracens in 2008 and has not looked back since. He has ridden high on confidence and has been fittingly identified as one of the legends of the club by their director Mark McCall. It was a big decision for Borthwick who was given a choice by his team and he chose to leave on his own terms. The much important onus of captaining the club now lies on Alistair Hargreaves, the South African international. Alistair joined the club from the rugby premiership team Sharks and has impressed the coaching staff while gaining the respect of the other players. He was announced as a befitting replacement for Borthwick and the fans are hopeful that they will scale new heights under the new leadership and improved coaching facilities in its base camp.
The signing of players like Kieran Longbottom from the Australian Super Rugby side Western Force has strengthened the squad of the Saracens. The 28 year old star, who is eligible to represent either England or Australia in the international arena, will be out to prove a point in his new jersey along with the other major new signings of the club. These include the Scotland lock Jim Hamilton and the Argentinean prop Juan Figallo both of whom are coming from the top French club Montpellier. The club is also providing massive opportunities to young players like the England sevens winger Mike Ellery who will be on the field trying to do justice to his own potential. Earlier Joel Tomkins returned to his former club Wigan Warriors from Saracens. The club fans and officials hope that the new players will provide the much needed edge to their side.