Rugby Union: Jackson Wray hopes to celebrate landmark Saracens appearance by beating Wasps in Aviva Premiership semi-finals

PUBLISHED: 17:00 18 May 2018

Jackson Wray will make his 200th Saracens appearance is he features against Wasps on Saturday (pic: Paul Harding/PA)

Jackson Wray will make his 200th Saracens appearance is he features against Wasps on Saturday (pic: Paul Harding/PA)

PA Archive/PA Images

Back row forward set to make 200th appearances for Sarries on Saturday

Jamie George scored a hat-trick of tries for Saracens against Wasps in October (pic: Nigel French/PA)Jamie George scored a hat-trick of tries for Saracens against Wasps in October (pic: Nigel French/PA)

Saracens return to action on Saturday when they host Wasps in the Aviva Premiership play-off semi-finals.

The north Londoners will hope to avoid being stung as they look to reach a fourth Aviva Premiership final in the last five years.

With Mark McCall’s men set to play at Allianz Park for the final time this season on Saturday, it looks set to be a special day for all involved.

The day will also be of great importance to back row forward Jackson Wray, who is set to play his 200th game for Sarries.

The 27-year-old, who was named the club’s fan’s player and players’ player of the season, made his debut for the Allianz Park outfit back in 2008.

A decade on, Wray has played a key part in Saracens’ success in recent seasons and would love to add to that with another Aviva Premiership title this term.

For that to happen, the loose forward knows his team will have to mark his milestone appearance with a win over Wasps.

But Wray admits he is surprised to have brought up the landmark of 200 club appearances so quickly in his career.

“It doesn’t feel that long ago it was my 100th. Earlier on in the season I didn’t think it was going to happen this year, but I’m really pleased,” he told the club website.

“There’s a great crop of players who have done it in recent years. I’ll be very proud going out there having played 200 games for this club and going out with my two little ones.

“It will be a bit of an emotional one. When the boys go out with their kids and stuff, it’s a nice thing. To do it in front of the home crowd is great and to be honest, I feel lucky in that sense to swing a home game!

“It’s going to be special. I’m looking forward to putting on a performance as well. It’s a massive game for the club and the boys.”

Saracens head into the semi-final with a strong record against Wasps so far this season, having won both of the previous meetings.

The north Londoners won 38-17 at Allianz Park in October, with Jamie George scoring a hat-trick of tries, and cruised to a 38-15 triumph at the Ricoh Arena in January.

Scoring 38 points against Wasps for the third time in the league this season on Saturday would go a long way to help McCall’s men reach the Aviva Premiership final on May 26 at Twickenham Stadium.

Latest Hampstead & Highgate Sports News

The Bostik Premier club made up for last season’s 4-2 loss at home to Heybridge Swifts at the same stage

The club didn’t have to offer the Argentina international a new contract in the summer, but it has paid off handsomely


Saracens head coach Mark McCall said his team were poor for long periods despite making it two wins from two in the Heineken Champions Cup with a 29-10 bonus-point victory over Lyon.

Bostik Premier: Dorking Wanderers 3 Wingate & Finchley 0

Evo-Stik South Premier South: Hendon 3 (Jonas 4, German 35, Hippolyte-Patrick 44) Wimborne Town 2 (Holmes 11, Clarke 61)


Arsenal Women’s Beth Mead said there is a lot of belief in their side following their 6-0 WSL win over Reading on Sunday.


Arsenal host Leicester City at the Emirates on Monday evening. Read on for Layth Yousif’s match preview.


Looking to get your child interested in a sport? Allianz Park, home to rugby union team Saracens, welcomes people of all ages to join their family of supporters and discover how their core values Honesty, Discipline, Humility and Work Rate underpin everything they do off and on the pitch.

As part of a major refurb, the London Marriott Hotel Maida Vale has renamed its three new-look function rooms to reflect the geography and rich history of the area. The largest, perfect for weddings and large meetings, is named after a Hampstead subterranean river, The Westbourne.

Londoners seeking high quality houses for sale within easy commuting distance of the capital are being advised to look north to St Albans’ prestigious Gabriel Square development.

Newsletter Sign Up

Sign up to the following newsletters:

Sign up to receive our regular email newsletter

Our Privacy Policy

Most read Hampstead & Highgate sport

Show Job Lists

Digital Edition


Enjoy the
Hampstead & Highgate Express
e-edition today


Education and Training


Read the
Education and Training
e-edition today

Read Now