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Richard Wigglesworth Had The Perfect Reply To Whether The Irish System Is Better

Leinster and Saracens face off this weekend in the Champions Cup quarter-final and it’s arguably the tie of the weekend.

The two teams have won five Heineken/Champions Cups between them with Mark McCall’s side aiming to become just the second side after Toulon for a three-in-a-row coup.

After a rocky start to their Premiership campaign, Sarries got a much-needed win at the weekend over Harlequins at the London Stadium.

Many of Saracens’ England contingent were straight back into action after their Six Nations disappointment and one of those players was Richard Wigglesworth. The 34-year-old was speaking to the media this week as his side aim to upset the odds and beat favourites Leinster in Dublin on Sunday and he had a perfect response to the question of whether he was jealous of the Irish system of resting players.

“If I was in the Irish system I’d have to play for Ireland so I’ll have to pick the English system, mate,” Richard Wigglesworth said in comments to The Irish Times.

“I’m a proud Englishman,” adds the scrumhalf who started for England in their loss to Ireland at Twickenham on St. Patrick’s Day.

“No, there are pros and cons to every system. In an ideal world, yes, you would get your minutes controlled and all the rest of it but we weren’t mentioning this last year and the year before.”

It’s a fair point, not many were complaining about minutes recorded by England’s players when they won back-to-back Six Nations titles but perhaps there should be extra measures implemented on the back of a Lions tour which occurred last summer.

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Author: Sean McMahon

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