December 10 2013 Latest news:
Thursday, September 19, 2013
Saracens director of rugby Mark McCall has insisted that while Brad Barritt’s injury is a blow, he has the strength and depth to cope with the England man.
The 27-year-old centre has undergone corrective surgery on ligaments in his foot, which has ruled him out of action until the end of 2013 so he will miss the autumn internationals.
At club level, boss McCall is confident he has the players to step into the breach.
He said: “Brad is a tremendously important player for us and for England, and he will be missed through the autumn, although we have talented players ready to step forward. Brad is on the road to recovery and we look forward to his return later this season.”
The coach’s comments come after Duncan Taylor proved a more than capable deputy at No12, as the men in red and black brushed aside Gloucester 44-12 on Sunday.
Taylor paid tribute to his team-mate, telling Saracens.com: “It’s a blow, as Brad is a massive player for us.
“Brad has been instrumental for us for a few seasons so they are big boots to fill, but I’m up for the challenge. It’s horrible that Brad has to miss out, but I’m confident that we’ve got the squad to cope with the loss.”
Taylor helped the Hendon side claim a second successive bonus point victory to maintain their place at the summit of the Premiership table, just ahead of this weekend’s opponents Bath who beat champions Leicester Tigers at The Rec.
The former Bedford Blues ace, said: “Confidence is coming – we’ve scored nine tries in two games which is a great return but we are aware that they are lot of things that we need to work on and put right; but two games and ten points on the board mean that we can’t complain too much.
“We’ll enjoy the result, but work begins this week for the Bath game. They’ve had some impressive results as well, so we’re well aware that the hard work will have to continue for us.”