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Opinion: No denying that Saracens raised the standard

Posted On: 29 Sep 2020   |   Posted By: Planet Rugby

Opinion: No denying that Saracens raised the standard

Will history will judge the last 10 years of Saracens with favour?
As Nigel Owens blew the final whistle on Saturday , so we saw the end of the 10-year reign of one of the greatest rugby teams the global game has ever seen.
The bare statistics make for some reading; five Premiership championships (with a top four placing in each of those 10 years), three European Champions Cups and runners-up once and finally, an LV= Cup in 2014/15.
In truth, ever since Nigel Wray acquired Saracens in 1996, money has been no object and success has always been the target. From the early signings of Michael Lynagh, Phillippe Sella and Tim Horan to the almost unending churn of big name coaches seen in the 2000s, Wray's chequebook has matched his vision for the club and finally, in 2010, with the arrival of Brendon Venter and Mark McCall, he found kindred spirits able to deliver his vicarious desire for success.
Venter, appointed for the 2009/10 season, was the hard man Wray needed to shake up the gifted but hugely...

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