Wednesday 21 March 2018

Saracens bolster back row options for Champions Cup quarter-final with Leinster by signing Scottish international

Saracens director of rugby Mark McCall. Photo: Sportsfile
Saracens director of rugby Mark McCall. Photo: Sportsfile Newsdesk Newsdesk

Saracens have signed Scotland international flanker Blair Cowan on loan.

The Avvia Premiership club said 17 times-capped Cowan will be with them until the end of this season.

It follows a number of injuries in Saracens' back-row department, with the likes of Billy Vunipola, Schalk Burger, Calum Clark and Michael Rhodes all sidelined.

Cowan, 31, will head to Saracens from their Premiership rivals London Irish.

Saracens rugby director Mark McCall said: "We're very fortunate to bring in a player of Blair's experience and quality.

"He will provide great cover for the amount of injuries we have in the back-row, and we are extremely grateful to London Irish for allowing him to join us."

Cowan can be recalled by Irish at any time as part of the loan agreement.

Saracens face Leinster in a Champions Cup quarter-final at the Aviva Stadium on April 1.

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