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Thompson-Stringer: Aviva A League has taken my game to new heights

Saracens Storm back-rower Hayden Thompson-Stringer insists the high-level rugby of the Aviva A League is perfect for him to develop into a first-team prospect at Saracens.

The 20-year-old, a member of England’s triumphant under-20 squad at the Junior World Championship last year, was part of the Storm side that edged out Worcester Cavaliers to claim the A League title on Monday evening.

Sarries shot out of the blocks in torrential conditions at Sixways, with three tries – one from Thompson-Stringer – in the opening half hour, only to see the Cavaliers roar back into the contest with scores either side of half-time.

But the Storm held on for a 27-19 victory to lift the trophy and young-gun Thompson-Stringer believes a number of his teammates have put their hands up for a call-up to the first team.

“Everyone has different opinions but now I really feel like I can start pushing on,” he said. “I feel like I’ve been getting a lot of good experience through the LV= Cup and A League.

“I think maybe in a few more months, once I’ve got a little more experience under my belt, we’ll see what happens.

“It was great to grab a try, I was just trying to get myself in the right areas. I saw the line and just didn’t want to get stopped!

“But it wouldn’t have come without the boys, and everyone is so proud of the result especially given how long we had to defend in that game. The boys stuck in and kept on going.

“We said before we were expecting a big crowd and a very hostile environment, and Worcester really put in a shift for their fans.

“But our form on the road in this competition has been good, and we wanted to finish off this roll we’ve been on with a big win.

“We got a really great start, and even though we let up a bit with some silly mistakes we still pulled it together in the last 20, so I’m proud of the boys.”

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