Lozowski: Sarries contingent crucial to England’s World Cup hopes
Saracens star Alex Lozowski believes his club teammates hold the key to England’s success at this autumn’s Rugby World Cup.
The 26-year-old – who has five Test caps to his name – is busy preparing for the new Gallagher Premiership Rugby season but admits he will be cheering on his club counterparts from afar.
Sarries are represented by eight members of Eddie Jones’ 31-man squad – the most of any team in the domestic top flight – with the Allianz Park contingent likely to form an integral part of England’s charge for glory.
And Lozowski believes Red Rose skipper Owen Farrell could prove the vital cog in the Red Rose wheel – in a similar vein to 2003 hero Jonny Wilkinson who kicked the winning points to seal World Cup victory in Australia.
A special mention is also reserved for hooker Jamie George, who Lozowski says has successfully established himself as an undroppable No.2 during Dylan Hartley’s absence.
“Owen will undoubtedly prove to be a key player,” he said. “As captain and a fly-half, he has a very important role, but he is also the goalkicker which can always prove crucial at a World Cup.
“We all know what’s he capable of and I back him 100 per cent to do an unbelievable job in Japan leading the team.
“The injury to Dylan was obviously unfortunate, but with someone like Jamie George, England have a very safe pair of hands. He’s come through and made that position his own.
“There may be a bit more pressure on his shoulders now he is the main man, but I know he can deal with that.
“He’ll just get on with it and I’m sure he’s going to be a really important player for England.”
Despite missing out on selection for the initial 38-man training squad in July, Lozowski insists he remains a loyal England fan and is looking forward to the action getting underway in September.
And he believes the involvement of so many Saracens players at the World Cup can only be beneficial for the 2018/19 double-winning side.
He said: “I still love watching the games and I’m really happy that so many of our lads are in that side – not just as squad players but as key figures in Eddie Jones’ plans.
“All of us at Saracens are excited to see them play and to get behind them, and we hope they do well.
“With so many players away it’s easy to see that as a negative, but I think it can be a big positive.
“They’ll return from Japan having had some really good experiences, but we also have the chance to blood some amazing youngsters while they’re not here.
“I think together that will certainly stand us in good stead for the new Gallagher Premiership Rugby season.”