Saracens have announced the signing of Melbourne Rebels scrum-half Nic Stirzaker on a three-month deal, which will see him stay in north London until March.
London-born Stirzaker, who moved to Australia when he was two, has become one of the franchise’s key men since making his Super Rugby debut in 2012.
The 26-year-old, who last year became the youngest player to reach 50 appearances for the franchise, has played 59 games for the Rebels in total and has also had a short spell in New Zealand with Manawatu Turbos, turning out ten times in the ITM Cup for the province.
Stirzaker captained the franchise in 2016 and while he is yet to earn full international honours, the former Sydney University back has represented the Barbarians, starting at nine for them during their narrow 27-24 win over Tonga at Thomond Park in November.
The Australian arrives at Allianz Park with Mark McCall’s men in good spirits after two wins on the bounce following an uncharacteristic string of defeats in which they lose seven straight games.
Saracens have a busy month of action ahead. With an important domestic clash against Wasps at the Ricoh Arena this Sunday followed by crucial back-to-back European matches against the Ospreys and Northampton Saints respectively Stirzaker’s arrival will give the Londoners some important cover at nine.
Speaking to Saracens’ Official Website about the move, Stirzaker had this to say:
“I’ve settled in really well, St Albans is a really cool place; the club’s been really great and it’s a cool bunch of guys. The last couple of games have been two good wins so it’s a good place to be around.
“I’m looking forward to learning from some really quality players here as well as learning from the way the team plays; the game is based around a kick-chase and accurate kicking which is something I’m really keen to develop.”
Citing his new acquisition’s experience and passing ability as well as his skill with ball in hand, Saracens director of rugby Mark McCall was clearly delighted with his new signing.
“Nick’s an experienced player, he’s got 60 Super Rugby caps which is a lot for a young man.
“He’s a very exciting scrum-half with great passing ability, great running ability and with Henry Taylor out for the rest of the season and with Richard Wigglesworth’s recent injury we felt a little vulnerable in that area, so it’s great to be able to bring Nic’s quality across.”
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