Rugby Union: Saracens sign Blair Cowan on loan until end of season

PUBLISHED: 09:36 01 March 2018 | UPDATED: 09:36 01 March 2018

London Irish's Blair Cowan (centre) has joined Saracens on loan until the end of the season (pic: Paul Harding/PA)

London Irish's Blair Cowan (centre) has joined Saracens on loan until the end of the season (pic: Paul Harding/PA)

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Scotland international joins from Aviva Premiership rivals London Irish

Saracens have signed back row forward Blair Cowan on loan from Aviva Premiership rivals London Irish until the end of the season.

The 31-year-old, who has been capped 17 times by Scotland, moves to Allianz Park to help ease the north Londoners’ injury crisis among back row forwards.

Mark McCall’s men are currently without the likes of internationals such as South African Schalk Burger and England pair Billy Vunipola and Calum Clark.

New Zealand-born Cowan can operate anywhere across the back row and will add vital depth to the Sarries’ squad at a crucial stage of the season.

“We’re very fortunate to bring in a player of Blair’s experience and quality,” McCall told the club website.

“He will provide great cover for the amount of injuries we have in the back row and we’re extremely grateful to London Irish for allowing him to join us.”

As part of the loan deal, London Irish can recall Cowan at any time.

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