RugbyPass Match Centre
Scores
Sorry there are no live games.
See what's coming up.
Wales WAL Georgia GEO
Canterbury CAN 29 Manawatu MAN 32
Hawke's Bay HAW 35 Taranaki TAR 17
Waikato WAI 26 Tasman TAS 35
Southland SOU 42 Counties COU 14
North Harbour HAR 15 Otago OTA 21
Auckland AUC 15 Wellington WEL 34
Northland NOR 22 Bay of Plenty BAY 46
No games this week.
Full schedule >
Russia RUS Samoa SAM Tue
24 Sep
12:15pm SAST
Fiji FIJ Uruguay URU Wed
25 Sep
7:15am SAST
Italy ITA Canada CAN Thu
26 Sep
9:45am SAST
England ENG USA USA Thu
26 Sep
12:45pm SAST
Argentina ARG Tonga TON Sat
28 Sep
6:45am SAST
Japan JAP Ireland IRE Sat
28 Sep
9:15am SAST
South Africa RSA Namibia NAM Sat
28 Sep
11:45am SAST
Georgia GEO Uruguay URU Sun
29 Sep
7:15am SAST
Australia AUS Wales WAL Sun
29 Sep
9:45am SAST
Scotland SCO Samoa SAM Mon
30 Sep
12:15pm SAST
Taranaki TAR Southland SOU Thu
26 Sep
9:35am SAST
Tasman TAS Auckland AUC Fri
27 Sep
9:35am SAST
Bay of Plenty BAY Hawke's Bay HAW Sat
28 Sep
4:35am SAST
Wellington WEL Northland NOR Sat
28 Sep
7:05am SAST
Canterbury CAN Counties COU Sat
28 Sep
9:35am SAST
Otago OTA Waikato WAI Sun
29 Sep
3:05am SAST
Manawatu MAN North Harbour HAR Sun
29 Sep
5:35am SAST
Cheetahs CHE Glasgow GLA Fri
27 Sep
7:05pm SAST
Ulster ULS Ospreys SWA Fri
27 Sep
8:35pm SAST
Munster MUN Dragons GWE Sat
28 Sep
4:00pm SAST
Kings KIN Cardiff CAR Sat
28 Sep
4:00pm SAST
Scarlets SCA Connacht CON Sat
28 Sep
6:15pm SAST
Benetton BEN Leinster LEI Sat
28 Sep
6:15pm SAST
Edinburgh EDI Zebre ZEB Sat
28 Sep
8:35pm SAST
Wed 11 Sep 2019 | 10:18

'I hope he will go back a wiser and more rounded player'

'I hope he will go back a wiser and more rounded player'
Wed 11 Sep 2019 | 10:18
'I hope he will go back a wiser and more rounded player'
SHARE

IN THE SPOTLIGHT: With 15 Saracens players competing for various nations at the World Cup, the Londoners’ squad depth will be tested at the start of the English domestic season.

However, the arrival of Damian Willemse from the Stormers gives Saracens an outstanding talent who can play flyhalf and fullback even though he may still be called into the Springbok World Cup squad if injury strikes.

Brad Barritt is excited to see Willemse at the club, believing Saracens can help turn him into an even better player thanks to the different style of rugby in the Premiership that requires a more structured approach and a quick understanding of the defensive structure and kick-chase strategy.

With Max Malins and England’s Alex Goode injured, Willemse solves a brewing crisis at No.10. Barritt said: “Damian had his first training session with at the start of this week and he is a very exciting talent and is someone who has played at No.10 and fullback.

“He is an immensely skilful player who we welcome with open arms and it is a win-win all round. We have the benefit of an incredible talent, a great young player with a fantastic future ahead of him, and he has the opportunity to work on a few different things than he would face playing in South Africa.

“I hope he will go back a wiser and more rounded player from this experience because anyone who comes over to the UK realises that the game is played in a slightly different way and it requires different skills. The Stormers and Western Province will hopefully benefit from the next couple of months from Damian’s progression. On the flip side, we are going to benefit from a really talented player joining us.

“It’s obviously disappointing that Max Malins is injured having come on leaps and bounds last season. He was looking good in pre-season before getting injured and is out for some time. Alex Goode should be back in training from his foot injury in a couple of weeks and is on the mend.”

Willemse has joined what Barritt calls a “fresh-faced squad” where new combinations will be needed for the Premiership Cup which is taking place as a lead-in tournament before the delayed start to the Premiership. “It’s a fresh-faced squad at the moment. In terms of this early part of the season, the word we are using around the club is ‘opportunity’ because we have a great academy system.

“These guys may not have been given as much of a chance as they would have liked because the starting XV has been so successful. Now, we can unearth the next generation of talent and they can put a marker down for the rest of the season. The squad has come on leaps and bounds.”

By Chris Jones, @RugbyPass

In other news:

Video Spacer

PV: 3689


'i Hope He Will Go Back A Wiser And More Rounded Player' | Rugby365