Friday 23 February 2018

Saracens talk up Stringer's 'proven quality'

Hugh Farrelly

SARACENS have welcomed the signing of Peter Stringer, describing the Munster and Ireland scrum-half as a player of "proven quality" and are expected to name him in their match-day squad for Saturday's Heineken Cup clash with the Ospreys at Wembley.

Stringer has joined the London club on a three-month deal to cater for the injuries to Richard Wigglesworth and Neil de Kock, a loan spell that will comprise 12 matches, including four Heineken Cup fixtures.

"We are fortunate to have a pair of outstanding young scrum-halves in Ben Spencer and Luke Baldwin, but the injuries to Richard and Neil have left us exposed in this pivotal position," said Saracens rugby director Mark McCall.

"We are delighted to have secured the services of Peter Stringer, an experienced player of proven quality."

If Stringer features for Saracens in the competition, it will mean the scrum-half being cup-tied on his return to Munster next year.

Meanwhile, Simon Zebo is set for his first Heineken Cup start after Doug Howlett's unfortunate injury in the Pro12 defeat to the Ospreys last weekend.

The New Zealand winger is expected to be out until the new year with an Achilles injury, which opens the door for Zebo when Munster travel to face the Scarlets in Llanelli this weekend.

Munster name their squad tomorrow.

Irish Independent

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