Monday 18 December 2017

Heads or tails for No 9

Mick Cleary

Saracens scrum-halves Richard Wigglesworth and Neil de Kock have tossed a coin to decide who will start the Aviva Premiership final against Leicester at Twickenham on Saturday.

Saracens have long prided themselves on their sense of family and fair play, but this unprecedented action for a major occasion puts the club into a different league altogether for their democratic ways.

Saracens director of rugby Mark McCall revealed yesterday that the club had signed England No 9 Wigglesworth from Sale last summer because he was a carbon copy of South African-born De Kock.

The pair have rotated starting slots throughout the season, with Wigglesworth opening against Gloucester in the semi-final before giving way, as has always been the case, and will be the case again at Twickenham, after 50 minutes.

Far from being self-absorbed rivals, the pair are best friends and share everything. "Neil and I came up with the idea of tossing a coin because we have played in strict rotation all season," said Wigglesworth. "It seemed the simplest way, and McCall agreed."

De Kock concurred. "It might seem unusual, but we're both on the same team and we get along really well. We'll both have our part to play on Saturday." (© Daily Telegraph, London)

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