Wig­glesworth finds fresh legs with Sara­cens old boys’ club

The Sunday Telegraph - Sport - - Rugby Union - By Ben Coles

“I don’t think you can un­der­es­ti­mate how en­joy­able win­ning is week to week” says Richard Wig­glesworth, who has re­in­forced his words by sign­ing for an­other sea­son with Sara­cens this week.

When his lat­est con­tract ends in 2020, the Eng­land in­ter­na­tional will have spent a decade at the club and be ap­proach­ing 37.

Wig­glesworth’s time with Sara­cens will have eclipsed the eight years he spent with Sale Sharks. The fact he is still play­ing to a high enough level to be se­lected by Eng­land in his midthir­ties is no ac­ci­dent, putting him in con­tention to make the squad for next year’s Rugby World Cup.

“Two or three years ago I wasn’t feel­ing any dif­fer­ent and I thought, ‘I need to pro­tect my­self here and work out why I feel good’,” he re­veals. “I put a few things in place and de­cided I fan­cied play­ing on until my late thir­ties. Just lis­ten­ing to my body. It has taken me a long time to do that, not putting a brave face on things if you are bit sore.”

Wig­glesworth is fol­low­ing a fa­mil­iar path trod­den re­cently by for­mer col­league Neil de Kock, the South African scrum-half who spent 11 years at Sara­cens. An­other Bok, Schalk Brits, left in the sum­mer hav­ing joined in 2009. In other words. turn up to

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