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Saracens Closing In On 140kg Australian Lock After Missing Out On Eben Etzebeth

PARIS, FRANCE - NOVEMBER 15: Will Skelton of Australia looks to get past France's Bernard Le Roux (L) and Yoann Maestri (R) during the International match between France and Australia at The Stade De France on November 15, 2014 in Paris, France. (Photo by Charlie Crowhurst/Getty Images)

Saracens are in need of cover in second row.

Even the biggest and best squads suffer from a shortage of players from time to time it seems, after Saracens lost George Kruis and Maro Itoje to injury, and Alistair Hargreaves was forced to retire due to concussion.

Consequently, Mark McCall has been on the look out for cover in the second row for the last number of weeks.

At first is seemed as though their search would be a quick one after Eben Etzebeth was linked with a move to Allianz Park. However, just as Saracens fans seemed to be celebrating the South African’s imminent arrival, no such deal was forthcoming.

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As a result, McCall’s search went on as he selected Michael Rhodes in the second row against the Leicester Tigers.

However the European Champions seem to be closing in on a target, after McCall told ESPN that Will Skelton was one of the players Saracens were considering signing on a short term deal.

Will Skelton is one of the few people we’ve looked at. He was named in the Wallabies’ touring party last week. We’re still looking.

Although Skelton would be an ideal addition for Saracens, the 140kg lock will not be available until after the Novermber series, a period in which McCall would like to have such a player while his internationals are away.

Alan Drumm, Pundit Arena

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