Maro Itoje said the Saracen’s victory in the Gallagher Premiership final on Saturday was the most satisfying achievement of his career after the turmoil caused by the club’s demotion to the championship for a salary cap breach. They are said to be ranked side by side.
England’s Rockforward is one of many senior players gathered at a summit at the Wicked Lady Pub near Harpenden to decide how to respond to the club’s demotion to the second tier in the 2020-21 season. Did.
England was considering them even after they were relieved, but Itoje and his most experienced teammates were all Saracens with the aim of returning the club to such a big opportunity as they were waiting in Twickenham. I decided to stay in England. “It was a turbulent time with a lot of uncertainty, a time when I didn’t really know what was going on,” Itoje said.
“There was a double problem because it was in line with Covid, but I still felt that the Saracens were in an environment where I could reach all my goals. No one wants to play in the championship. But I still felt that Saracens were a good long-term place to have the type of career I wanted. “
Itoje, who finished second at the regular season table and fought over Harlequins in the semi-finals, wants to overcome Leicester and finish his job at Twickenham. The team has recently gathered the brains of guest speakers such as Eddie Howe, Sean Dyche and Alastair Campbell and is anxious to win their first title since 2019. Itoje confirmed.
“Lester is a top team and we need to make sure we play the best rugby, but if we can achieve that, this will be a great achievement for the club. The spirit of the club’s players, especially senior players, is We want to have a successful career. A successful career, not just a successful year or years.
“To get it, you need to be hungry to go again. Looking at the top athletes in different parts of the world, no matter what sport you play, you chase it every year. That’s a lot of this club. It ’s the player ’s way of thinking. ”
On the other hand, Itoje believes that in order to increase the popularity of club games, the finals need to be more attractive to non-rugby supporters. “Compared to other major sporting events such as the Champions League finals and the Monaco Grand Prix, it’s an event people don’t want to miss.
“I’m sure Twickenham will sell out to a lot of people, but mostly they are rugby fans. The Premiership Final should be the biggest event in town.”
Ireland will no longer have Ronan Kelleher, Andrew Conway and Robert Baloucoune injured on a tour to New Zealand. Andy Farrell has nominated a team of 40 people, including Ciarán Frawley, Joe McCarthy, and Jimmy O’Brien’s uncapped Leinster trio.