Vet­eran Wig­glesworth ex­tends his Sara­cens deal

Western Daily Press - - Rugby -

ENG­LAND scrum-half Richard Wig­glesworth has ex­tended his Sara­cens con­tract for an­other year.

The 35-year-old be­came the all­time Gal­lagher Premier­ship ap­pear­ance record-holder in Septem­ber and will re­main at Al­lianz Park un­til the sum­mer of 2020.

“I’ve been lucky enough to have been part of the club for nine years and I don’t think there’s too many peo­ple who have wanted to leave, and there’s a lot of peo­ple who have wanted to come,” Wig­glesworth told the of­fi­cial Sara­cens web­site.

“I’m just one of those many peo­ple who want to be as­so­ci­ated with the club. I’ve en­joyed a lot of suc­cess here and I’m not in­ter­ested in fin­ish­ing at the mo­ment.”

Wig­glesworth made his Eng­land de­but in 2008 and joined Sara­cens from Sale Sharks two years later.

He has won three Premier­ship ti­tles and two Euro­pean Cups at the Lon­don club and made over 200 ap­pear­ances.

Wig­glesworth, pic­tured, was re­called to the Eng­land squad this year and has now won 33 caps.

Sara­cens boss Mark McCall said: “He’s in­cred­i­bly pro­fes­sional.”

Bris­tol Bears are in Euro­pean Chal­lenge Cup ac­tion to­mor­row with French side La Rochelle the vis­i­tors to Ash­ton Gate.

The Top 14 side cur­rently lead Pool Four of the Chal­lenge Cup hav­ing beaten Yenisey-STM Kras­no­yarsk twice, while sec­ond-placed Bris­tol and Ze­bre, in third, have one win each from their head-to-heads.

How­ever, Bris­tol could go a long way to­wards tak­ing com­mand of the pool if they can earn pos­i­tive re­sults against the French club in their dou­ble-header over the next cou­ple of week­ends.

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