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Saracens' trip to South Africa beneficial off and on the field
Not for the first time in recent years Saracens have once again set off on their travels. The destination this time is the familiar surroundings of South Africa.
As a club Sarries could often be accused of being over the top and extravagant and trips like this don’t help enhance the opinions of the Men in Black from certain quarters. But do trips like this really have a benefit?
Saracens are a club with distinct values and ethos surrounding them. They undoubtedly work hard, you would not consistently be able to make the play offs without it, but they are also a team that likes a good time.
Off the field, the trip will provide an opportunity for the new players to integrate within a squad that has largely stayed the same in recent times. This will be particularly crucial in a pre-season that has been somewhat disjointed in terms of player return due to international commitments.
It will also enable those who have been back at pre-season for a number of weeks to have a rest before the start of the season rolls around. It is a long season without many chances to relax throughout it and keeping players fresh is crucial.
There are however, on the field benefits too. Sarries will continue with their pre-season programme out in South Africa putting their hard work in to game time on the field. It will give those who have been away a chance to slot back into the familiar environment, patterns and ways of the club as well as learning about their new teammates and combinations.
One combination that is sure to put smiles on the faces of all those involved with Saracens and fear in to the eyes of the opposition is the possible front row trio of Mako Vunipola, Schalk Brits (when he finishes serving his ban of course) and new signing James Johnston. A front row up there with the best that not only the Premiership has to offer but the rest of Europe.
So, all in all, these bonding trips that have become synonymous with Saracens, may divide opinions and may cause a bit of controversy on occasions but they are part of what makes Sarries the club they are today. Other clubs are seemingly starting to follow suit. After all if you can’t beat their way of thinking, you might as well join them.
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