With the incorporation of Juan Pablo Socino and Juan Figallo with a question mark, the English secured their main figures and added 7 new faces.
Saracens presented the squad to face the remaining games of this tournament and next season in the second division after the decrease that was obtained as a punishment for not meeting the Premiership salary limit in the 2016/2017, 2017/2018 and 2018/2019 seasons . Fourteen players signed contracts and among the main hires is Argentina’s Juan Pablo Socino who joined the club in recent days. The future of Juan Figallo is uncertain because of a blow to the head from the game with Los Pumas against England for the World Cup in Japan, he cannot train normally.
The internationals of the England team and the British & Irish Lions Elliot Daly, Owen Farrell, Jamie George and Maro Itoje sealed new agreements, which means that the six holders of the 2019 Rugby World Cup final with England in Saracens ( including Billy and Mako Vunipola) committed their long-term future to the club.
Scottish wing Sean Maitland and teammate Alex Lewington also extended their contract for two years, while second-row callum Hunter-Hill brought his things from Edinburgh and sealed a 3-year contract. They joined from the Academy Dom Morris and Ralph Adams-Hale who were engaged until 2022 and 2023 respectively and five other players also signed before leaving on loan to other clubs. Ben Earl and Max Malins arranged before joining the Bristol Bears and Nick Isiekwe signed a season-long loan with Northampton Saints after agreeing to a new contract until 2024 with Saracens.
Welsh center Nick Tompkins will continue in the Dragons while Alex Lozowski will play in the Top 14 with Montpellier. Mike Rhodes extended his contract for another year, while captain Brad Barritt and club stalwart Richard Wigglesworth signed short-term deals until the end of the 2019/20 season.
Seven new faces will be part of the Sarries squad: Welsh scrum half Aled Davies and Scottish Tim Swinson, who picked up his booties again after announcing his retirement from the Glasgow Warriors at the end of the season, will be two of the new hires. American Will Hooley and former Newcastle Falcons player Juan Pablo Socino will add experience to the team as will center Harry Sloan and Jersey duo Alec Clarey and Janco Venter.
Nine first-team players left the club. After 12 years George Kruis leaves for a new challenge in Japan with Panosonic Wild Knights, while Ben Spencer’s nine-year stay has ended with a move to Bath Rugby. Liam Williams (Scarlets) and Matt Gallagher (Munster) will be practicing at Pro14 next quarter, as will Rhys Carre, who returned to his childhood club Cardiff Blues. Joe Gray, Titi Lamositele and Will Skelton signed with Harlequins, Montpellier and La Rochelle, respectively. Vilmi Hakalo left Saracens after the end of his contract.
Full Saracens roster:
Pillars Alec Clarey, Eroni Mawi, Josh Ibuanokpe, Mako Vunipola, Ralph Adams-Hale, Richard Barrington and Vincent Koch
Hookers Jamie George, Kapeli Pifeleti and Tom Woolstencroft
Second line Callum Hunter-Hill, Joel Kpoku, Maro Itoje and Tim Swinson
Third line Andy Christie, Billy Vunipola, Calum Clark, Jackson Wray, Janco Venter, Mike Rhodes and Sean Reffell
Scrum Medium Aled Davies, Alex Day, Richard Wigglesworth * and Tom Whiteley
Openings Manu Vunipola, Owen Farrell and Will Hooley
Centers Brad Barritt *, Dom Morris, Duncan Taylor, Elliot Daly, Harry Sloan and Juan Pablo Socino
Fullback/wing Alex Goode, Alex Lewington, Ali Crossdale, Elliott Obatoyinbo, Rotimi Segundo and Sean Maitland
DEPARTURES Ben Spencer (Bath Rugby) George Kruis (Panosonic Wild Knights) Joe Gray (Harlequins) Liam Williams (Scarlets) Matt Gallagher (Munster) Rhys Carre (Cardiff Blues) Titi Lamositele (Montpellier) Viliami Hakalo (Retired) Will Skelton (La Rochelle)
We pay back for the 2021/22 season Alex Lozowski (Montpellier) Ben Earl (Bristol) Jack Singleton (Gloucester) Max Malins (Bristol) Nick Isiekwe (Northampton) Nick Tompkins (Dragons)
* Brad Barritt and Richard Wigglesworth signed until the end of this 2019/20 season.
Juan Figallo has not yet recovered from his head injury and is waiting to define his future.