Saracens have wasted no time in using their two recruits Wikus van Heerden and Brad Barritt.
The Premiership resumes this weekend after a six-week break and the London-based club have included the South African pair on the bench for the match against Gloucester on Sunday. Van Heerden and Barritt arrived two weeks ago after the Absa Currie Cup final, with former Waratahs centre Ben Jacobs, and director of rugby Eddie Jones is pleased how the trio have settled in.
“They’ve been training very hard and all three players will add depth and quality to the squad and help move Saracens on,” Jones told the club’s official site. “Bradley Barritt and Ben Jacobs are very talented and skilful centres, while Wikus van Heerden was the best back row in the Currie Cup and his strength and physical approach makes him ideally suited to the English game.”
Van Heerden has played at their home ground Vicarage Road before, but on that occasion for the Cats in a Super 14 warm-up.
“There was a great atmosphere inside the ground that night so I’m looking forward to the chance of running out from the home dressing room this time,” said Van Heerden. “I’ve had a good week of training, but now I’m just ready for the action to start. I’ve followed the Guinness Premiership closely and it’s a fantastic competition – one that I can’t wait to be part of.”
Other South Africans included in the team are scrumhalf Neil de Kock and tighthead Cobus Visagie.