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WELCOME TO OUR WORLD 4 - Calum Clark
Calum Clark was born in Stockton on Tees in County Durham on 10 June 1989. H started his rugby career with Leeds Carnegie coming through their Youth teams and making his full debut in 2007. He met up with future England coach Stuart Lancaster who was Academy Coach there at the time. Calum took a Business Management Degree at Leeds University, including a dissertation on Leadership.
The 2017/18 Squad
WELCOME TO OUR WORLD 3 - Dominic Day
Globe-trotting Dominic Day is the latest recruit to join Saracens and will bolster the second row. Dominic is now 31 but still in the prime of his life. He was born in Haverfordwest in August 1985 and grew up in Lamphey. At school he was interested in Athletics and threw the discus for Welsh Schools. When he took up rugby he started as a number 8 before moving to lock. His talent was noticed by his PE teacher who recommended him to Pembroke Rugby Club and he joined them on leaving school. He was also invited to join Scarlets Academy.
WELCOME TO OUR WORLD 2 - Christopher Tolofua
Our latest new recruit is French Hooker (now there’s a thought), Christopher Tolofua. Chris was born in Frejus, down on the Cote D’Azur in France on New Year’s Eve in 1993. His family originate from the French South Pacific Islands of Wallis and Futuna (google them, they look rather nice!).
WELCOME TO OUR WORLD 1 - Liam Williams
The first in a series of articles about the players who are joining Saracens this season. We begin with Liam Williams. How do you replace the irreplaceable? Although Chris Ashton’s boots will be hard to fill, Saracens’ new recruit Liam Williams will have a pretty good chance of making them fit when he joins Sarries for the new season fresh from a very successful trip to New Zealand with the Lions where he really came of age.
IT'S TIME TO SAY GOODBYE - 5. NEIL DE KOCK
When Neil de Kock joined Saracens from Stormers in 2006, he thought he’d be in England for maybe 2 years. 11 years later he is finally hanging up his boots and moving back to South Africa. Neil was born in Cape Town in 1978. He comes from a sporty family, his mum was a keen softball player and his dad played rugby, football, hockey and baseball. He has an older brother Grant (who played cricket for Western Province and was once 12th man in a Test match) and younger twin brothers.
IT'S TIME TO SAY GOODBYE - 4. PETRUS DU PLESSIS
When Petrus du Plessis joined Saracens in 2010 as front row cover, I don’t think anyone expected him to make the impact that he did or to remain with the club so long. It was the early days of Brendan Venter, the first Premiership Final year, and the club had a front row crisis. The legendary Cobus Visagie had retired. In his place, Carlos Nieto, Richard Skuse and Tom Mercey were the tight heads but injury to Nieto reduced cover to virtually zero.
END OF SEASON POLL PART TWO
So now it’s time for the second part of this year’s End of Season Poll. Once again all the votes have been independently and impartially verified (by my trusty hound) and here are your choices for the second part of the 2016/17 season.
END OF SEASON POLL 2017 PART ONE
So the votes are in and have been counted and recounted under the scrutiny of Clara the Labrador, just to ensure everything is totally fair. Here are the results of Part One of our End of Season’s Poll for 2016-17.
IT'S TIME TO SAY GOODBYE - 3. Kelly Brown
Kelly David Robert Brown was born on 8th June 1982 in Edinburgh. His older brother Rowan represented Scottish schools at rugby and Kelly followed in his big brother’s footsteps. He attended Earlston High school and went on to study Sports Science at Edinburgh University. His prowess was noted at a young age and he was selected to represent Borders at Under 15, 16, 18, 19 and 20 (not sure what happened to 17!) He also represented Scotland at under 16, under 18, under 19 (including 4 games in the 2001 World Championships in Chile) & under 21 level (playing 15 times including a victory over England in 2003). His leadership abilities were noticed early on and he was chosen to captain Scottish Schools in their last game against Spain in 2000.