SA-born to captain Saracens

Thu, 21 Jul 2016 13:30
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NEWS: South African-born centre Brad Barritt has been appointed as Saracens captain.

The England international will take over the reign from lock Alistair Hargreaves.

The 29-year-old will have the privilege of leading the side as they defend their English and European championship next season.

With Hargreaves sidelined for much of the campaign due to injury, Barrittt led Saracens to the double last term and he now takes the job on a permanent basis.

Commenting on the centre's new role, Director of Rugby Mark McCall said: "Throughout [Barritt's] time at the club he has shown exceptional leadership qualities and he is ideally qualified to be our captain.

"[Barritt] is someone who leads through example - through his actions, attitude and application. He is one of the most competitive players I have ever come across, showing complete commitment to the game and is a role model professional. He is a natural leader," McCall added.

Barritt arrived at Saracens in 2008, and has clocked up 171 appearances for the side. In that period he has won 26 England caps.

"To captain Saracens is a huge honour and I am looking forward to the responsibility. I’d like to put on record my thanks to Alistair [Hargreaves], who has led Saracens superbly well over the last two seasons and will still have an important role by my side," said Barrit.

"Last season was the most successful in the club’s history and we are hoping to build on that in the coming years. We have a great blend of youth and experience in our group, a fantastic team spirit and a great coaching set-up, so we’ll continue to work incredibly hard over this coming season to build upon some very strong foundations,"

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