>> Skel­ton snub to Wal­la­bies

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WILL SKEL­TON has ver­bally agreed to stay with Sara­cens next sea­son af­ter turn­ing down the chance to re­turn to Aus­tralia even though it will cost him the chance to play in the World

Cup. The 6ft 8in jug­ger­naut lock is out of con­tract at the end of the sea­son and the Aus­tralian Rugby Union wanted him to re­turn home to play in the World Cup. Skel­ton, 26, also had of­fers on the ta­ble from France but has told Mark McCall that he will be ex­tend­ing his stay in North Lon­don at the ex­pense of his in­ter­na­tional ca­reer. He has been ruled out of Wal­la­bies se­lec­tion while at Sar­ries be­cause he does not fit the 60-cap over­seas cri­te­ria set by the Aus­tralian Rugby Union just be­fore the 2015 World Cup.

Skel­ton joined Sara­cens per­ma­nently af­ter im­press­ing on a short term loan and the news will be a huge boost for McCall who feared that he had an up­hill strug­gle to keep him.

Blind­side un­der­stands that he has agreed to stay af­ter talks and that the club are now just draw­ing up the pa­per­work which should be ready to sign be­fore Christ­mas.

Mean­while Jamie Ge­orge will have in­creased com­pe­ti­tion next sea­son with Jack Sin­gle­ton set to make the switch to Sara­cens from Worces­ter.

We have been told that Sin­gle­ton was of­fered more money to stay at Sixways but has set his heart on a re­turn to his na­tive Hert­ford­shire and will sign for Sara­cens early next year.

De­ci­sion: Will Skel­ton will stay at Sara­cens

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