Strettle leaves Saracens on a high after winning Premiership title

David Strettle (left) and Richard Wigglesworth celebrate with the trophy after winning the Premiersh

David Strettle (left) and Richard Wigglesworth celebrate with the trophy after winning the Premiership title at Twickenham - Credit: Archant

David Strettle won the Premiership title with Saracens on Saturday – and promptly announced he was leaving for Clermont Auvergne, ending any lingering hopes of playing for England in this year’s home World Cup.

Sarries beat Bath 28-16 at Twickenham, but two days later the 31-year-old wing revealed he is heading to France to play in the Top 14.

Strettle, who has played over 100 games for Sarries and is the club’s leading Premiership try-scorer, said: “Something special really has been happening at Saracens in the past few years, and I feel very privileged to have been part of this period of success.

“I have had an amazing five years and am now really looking forward to a new chapter in my career, playing at ASM Clermont Auvergne and testing myself in the Top 14.”

Strettle was recently named in England’s 50-man training squad ahead of the autumn’s World Cup.

But the winger, who was last picked for his country in 2013, has effectively ruled himself out since the RFU have a policy of overlooking English players who represent foreign clubs.