Chairman Nigel Wray has hailed the news that Saracens will be the most represented Club for the upcoming 2017 British & Irish Lions Tour to New Zealand describing the achievement as a ‘huge honour’ for the north London Club.
The Allianz Park side have six players included in Warren Gatland’s 41-man squad, the most of any Club, ahead of Irish Province Leinster (4) and Welsh region Ospreys (4), with Owen Farrell Jamie George, George Kruis, Maro Itoje, Mako Vunipola and Billy Vunipola all included in the touring party that also includes Saracens Head of Performance Phil Morrow, former player and coach Andy Farrell and ex-skipper Steve Borthwick.
Reacting to today’s squad announcement, Wray said: “In 1971, the only time the Lions have ever won in New Zealand, London Welsh had 7 players in the squad. So, for Saracens to have 6 players and to be the Club the most represented in the 2017 squad is a huge honour both for the Club and of course for the players who have worked so hard to get there.
“The fact that they have all essentially come through the ranks at Saracens to achieve, what in the Northern Hemisphere is probably the highest honour for a rugby player is also a huge testament to quality of the coaches, the physios, the strength and conditioning guys and indeed everyone behind them and always supporting them.
Wray added: “So, to Mako, to Jamie, to Maro, to George, to Billy, and to Owen… we are all incredibly proud of you.”