With the last season ending on a high, it should come as little wonder that the Saracens team would be looking to fortify their ranks and build on the advantage that they have gained over the last season.
One of the ways they wish to do so is to get different players with unique skills on their team. Two names have surfaced – Sean Maitland and Vincent Koch. The team is hoping to take full advantage of the talents of these two players. Vincent Koch is a South African prop while Sean Maitland is a winger from Scotland. Koch, of 26 years of age, had won two caps when he represented the Springboks team. He would be joining from Stormers, the Super Rugby team. He would be joining the Saracens team after completing a two year deal with the Stormers. Maitland has agreed to stay on for long with the Saracens. Being 27 years of age, he would be playing at full back position as well. He has featured in many games for Scotland after debuting into the game in 2013.
Former England international Andy Farrell has resigned from his post as the head coach of Saracens FC, merely 45 days after he turned down the chance of a lifetime and a lucrative offer to take over the duties of the England backroom staff as the backs coach under head coach Stuart Lancaster just to remain with the Men in Black. The announcement of Farrell’s resignation was made by Chairman of the club Nigel Wray who commented on the website of the club that they were sorry to see Andy Farrell leave the club but did wish him well.
During the last Six Nations tournament, Andy Farrell took over the duties of the England backs as an interim coach and under his guidance, the performance of the backs improved drastically and although England didn’t win the championship, head coach Stuart Lancaster was keen to retain the services of the former England man. However, at that time, a contractual disagreement had led to Farrell coming out in public and stating his desire to remain with Saracens FC for the foreseeable future.
The 36 year old Farrell, who played for England in both the Rugby League and the Rugby Union and is the father of England player Owen Farrell, however, will not be joining the backroom staff of Stuart Lancaster immediately, in spite of the suggestion being made on several media. Lancaster, who is with the England team in South Africa for a test series against The Springboks stated in a press conference that no matter what the speculations say, there is no truth in it and Farrell will not be joining the side anytime soon.
But no matter what the England head coach says, Farrell has done himself a great favor by resigning from Saracens FC and it is only a matter of time before England come calling.
Stuart Lancaster’s England set up took its first major blow this week with the news that Andy Farrell will remain as a Saracens coach rather than take a full time role with the National side. Farrell was a key part of the England set up at the Six Nations but has also seen his Saracens side climb to second in the league and build a strong reputation in their Heineken Cup campaign.
Farrell has declared his desire to “finish the job” at Saracens. Having taken over last summer, Farrell has been a huge success at Sarries, guiding them to a strong position in the league and looking good for a home semi final in the end of season play offs.
His decision to choose club over country is a blow for England, Lancaster and new RFU chief Ian Ritchie. Along with Lancaster and forwards coach Graham Rowntree, Farrell played a significant role in England’s recent successes. He now leaves England without a coach with only 6 weeks to go until their summer tour of South Africa.
To counter England’s misery the news will come as a huge boost for Sarries who despite defeat to Clermont in the Heineken Cup last weekend are progressing into one of European Rugby’s major forces. And with the increased wage cap from next season the gulf with France will be closed and there will be a real chance for English sides to compete in the transfer market for the best players.
Farrell has described his time at Sarries as “a special privilege” and has praised his side for the “decent progress” made. He is though adamant that the job is not complete and they have only “scratched the surface of our potential”. He and son Owen have played huge roles for both club and country this season and their impact at Saracens will no doubt be felt for years to come.