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Saracens Snap Up Australia International

PARIS, FRANCE - NOVEMBER 19: Will Skelton of Australia bumps off Kevin Gourdon of France during the international match between France and Australia at Stade de France on November 19, 2016 in Paris, France. (Photo by Dan Mullan/Getty Images)

Saracens have signed Australia lock Will Skelton on a short-term deal with immediate effect, according to the BBC.

Skelton has been capped 18 times by his country, and he is a replacement for recently retired captain Alistair Hargreaves, who left the club in October due to the effects of repeated concussions.

Director of rugby Mark McCall told the Saracens Club website:

“We’re delighted to be able to bring a player of Will’s calibre into the group.

“In Will, we have a player who will certainly have an important role to play in our group over the next few months.”

Skelton represented Australia this November in tests against Scotland and France, and captained the Australian XV against the Barbarians.

BORDEAUX, FRANCE - NOVEMBER 24: Will Skelton of Australia in action during the Test match between Barbarians and Australia on November 24, 2016 in Bordeaux, France. (Photo by Romain Perrocheau/Getty Images)

The 6ft 8in lock is widely regarded as one of the biggest players in world rugby, but has fantastic hands for a big man.

He will prove a useful player for Sarries as the season progresses, however there remains a question mark as to whether or not he will start, as George Kruis and the returning Maro Itoje have established themselves as the dominant second row partnership in world rugby.

Skelton will be a great addition to Premiership rugby, as Saracens try to defend their domestic and Champions Cup titles this season.

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Author: The PA Team

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