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Lozowski relishing chance to shine at new Spurs stadium

Lozowski relishing chance to shine at new Spurs stadium

Running out at the new Tottenham Hotspur Stadium will be one of the highlights of the new Gallagher Premiership Rugby season, according to Saracens star Alex Lozowski.

The former Chelsea academy player picked out his side’s Round 15 clash with London rivals Harlequins at the home of the Lilywhites as one to look to forward to after the fixtures for the new campaign were released.

Having attended football matches at the £1 billion arena as a fan, the 26-year-old can’t wait to get a piece of the action and he is confident the occasion will prove to be a huge success.

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He said: “That game is one to really look forward to – the stadium is amazing! The atmosphere’s fantastic and I think from my experience, rugby fans are going to love it.

“There’s a bit of a fanzone in the stadium with all the bars and the places to eat, so I think it’ll be a brilliant day.

“A lot our players are accustomed to playing in big grounds in international games or whatever, but it’s great for the whole squad to be able to go somewhere like that and play in front of 60,000 people.

“That doesn’t happen very often in rugby and it’ll be a brilliant experience for everyone.

“It’s always quite physical when we play Harlequins and there’s no love lost between the teams, so it’s definitely something we can all get excited about.”

While Lozowski and his team-mates have to wait until the end of March until their big clash with Quins, the defending champions will have a more immediate focus on their opening rounds of fixtures.

Saracens begin their campaign at home to last year’s semi-finalists Northampton Saints, before a tricky away trip to face Leicester Tigers in Round 2.

And despite admitting he is happy to be starting the season at Allianz Park, Lozowski insists the Men in Black are under no illusions about the task they face as they bid for their third consecutive title.

He said: “Northampton will be tough but it’s definitely something to look forward to – it’s nice that the first game will be in front of home support.

“Saints made a massive step forward last season and that was proven in their performance in the first half of their semi-final against Exeter in May.

“They could’ve gone in at half-time in the lead, so to be able to almost match them shows how far they’ve come.

“They’re not going to rest on that and they’ll be hoping to go one step further now.

“We know it’s going to be a really tricky match, but we just to need to make sure we’re ready for that.

“It was a massive surprise to see Leicester down at the lower end of the table last year; it’s not what you expect to see.

“I imagine it’s only a matter of time before they’re back at the top, given what a brilliant club they are and what good players they have.

“Their squad is unbelievable and it’s going to be a very tough fixture – especially at Welford Road – so we’ll have to be fully on our game and fired up for that one.

“Given what we’ve managed to achieve last year and in seasons gone by, you feel like most teams will raise their game when they play against us.

“But I think the Gallagher Premiership is such a competitive league right the way through – you look at London Irish coming up and the signings they’ve made – there are no easy games.

“Our whole squad is going to have to step up this year, but we’re thoroughly looking forward to getting going and seeing how we get on.”

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