Skirving commits to Sarries for two more years

Ben Skirving has committed his future to Saracens after signing a new contract with the North London club.

The England international No.8 has signed a deal that will keep him at Vicarage Road until 2010 and take his involvement with Saracens to more than 10 years – despite still being aged only 24.

Having represented England at every level from U16 to England A, the forward got the chance to pull on a full England jersey on last summer’s tour to South Africa – winning his first cap in the test match at Pretoria.

Skirving’s powerful running and ball carrying skills has seen him become a regular in the Saracens side over the past four years and he’s hoping for more of the same after agreeing penning his new deal.

He said: “I’m delighted to have signed a new contract and I’m pleased that the coaches see me as playing a part in Saracens future. This has been my club for many years and with the exciting things that have happened on the pitch over the past two seasons, it was an easy decision to make.

“There’s a great atmosphere at the club and a real feeling that we are moving in the right direction. We’re playing some great entertaining rugby that everyone is enjoying and in a style that I feel suits my game.

 

“There’s also a really good unity among the players and that has come about because we’ve had a largely settled side over the past few years and we’re starting to see the benefits of that now.

“We’ve put ourselves in a great position in all three tournaments this season but the challenge for us now is to take advantage of that and move to higher things. I believe the club is capable of it and that’s why I’m delighted to be part of Saracens future.”

Skirving came through the ranks of the Saracens Academy and he is keen to further his England career after last summer’s trip whetted his appetite on the international stage.

He added: “It was a fantastic experience to be part of that and I learned a lot when I was away. I’m ambitious and want to be part of the international scene.

 

“It was disappointing to miss out on the squads for the Six Nations and the Saxons, but I’m hopeful that if I can play well for Saracens, I’ll put myself back in the reckoning.”

The news of the new deal for the No.8 has also pleased Director of Rugby Alan Gaffney. He explained: “Ben has been a valuable member of the squad for a number of seasons and we’re delighted he has committed his future to the club.

 

“As we continue to progress, it’s important we keep consistency within the squad and Ben has a large role to play in that.”

 

 

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