Bok De Kock is Sarries captain

Saracens have named discarded Springbok scrum-half Neil de Kock as their team captain for the new season.

The South African joined Saracens last term, after failing to secure a regular starting spot at both the Stormers and Western Province, playing a key role in Saracens securing Heineken Cup qualification.

Former England flanker Richard Hill, meanwhile, will take on the role of club captain.

* Meanwhile London Wasps Director of Rugby Ian McGeechan named back row forward John Hart as the man who will captain Wasps for the start of the 2007-8 season – while the England players are away on World Cup duty.

Hart is no stranger to the captain’s arm band. Long tipped to succeed Lawrence Dallaglio as captain, Hart led Wasps four times last season and in 2005-6 skippered the team to their best start to a season for ten years, when they recorded six consecutive wins.

Hart arrived at Wasps as an Academy player in 2000. He made his first XV debut in 2002 and has since racked up 66 appearances in a Wasps shirt.

On announcing the captaincy, McGeechan said: “John Hart is a player who is very much a product of London Wasps and epitomises everything that the club is about. He is hugely respected by his peers and is a player who leads from the front and by example.

“John knows exactly what is required to be a London Wasps player and will show it in every game he plays in a Wasps shirt.”

Hart said: “It’s is a great honour to captain London Wasps at any time but especially now, when we are facing the start of a very competitive season without many of our more experienced players, who are on World Cup duty.

“We are all looking forward to that challenge, and it’s a huge opportunity for the younger members of the squad to step up and make an impact in a London Wasps shirt. If we can achieve what we want to at the start of the season, then when our World Cup players return, they will have a fight on their hands to get those shirts back.”

London Wasps begin their pre season with a warm up game against Newbury at Monks Lane on Saturday.

Director of Rugby Ian McGeechan is hoping to give a run out to as many of his squad as possible on Saturday, allowing supporters the opportunity to get a first look of the season at new players like Riki Flutey and James Buckland, England internationals James Haskell and Tom Palmer and talented youngsters Danny Cipriani and Dominic Waldouck.

 

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