SA to meet Sarries

The Springboks have added another fixture to their November tour as they will take on Saracens at Wembley.

The Boks will meet the South African-laden Sarries on Tuesday 17 November at the 94 000 seater stadium, in between Tests against France and Italy (on 14 and 21 November). The Boks start their tour against Leicester on 6 November and these couple of matches against club sides should ensure coach Peter de Villiers selects a larger squad in order to test new players.

‘Overseas tours always provide us with an opportunity to expose our emerging young talents to the international game and this will be a fantastic platform through which to do that,’ said De Villiers in a statement. ‘We expect Saracens to be tough but also believe in the abilities of our squad.’

Brendan Venter coaches Saracens and Cobus Visagie is scrum consultant, while Neil de Kock, Brad Barritt, Wikus van Heerden, Schalk Brits, Ethienne Reynecke, Ernst Joubert and Justin Melck all play for the team, which should ensure a physical contest with much niggle.

‘This is yet more evidence of our club’s ambitions,’ said Venter. ‘I can assure you our players will need no extra motivation for this match.’

Sarries have recruited many South Africans into their playing ranks to tap into the large number of South Africans living in London, and the match is set to benefit Saru from a commercial perspective. Saracens chairman Nigel Wray acknowledged the drawing power of the Boks.

‘This is sure to be another fantastic occasion,’ said Wray. ‘The Springboks are indisputably the No 1 team in the world at the moment, and it will be tremendous honour and a privilege for us to welcome them at Wembley, our new home from home in north London.’