England duo commit to Saracens
February 22, 2012
Owen Farrell has committed to his future to Saracens © Getty Images
England duo Owen Farrell and Mouritz Botha have committed their futures to Saracens after agreeing terms on new contracts.
Farrell broke into the Saracens first team last season and, playing fly-half, he guided the club to their first league title with victory over Leicester in the Premiership final. The 20-year-old made an assured England debut at inside centre in the opening round of the Six Nations against Scotland.
Farrell's perfect kicking display helped England to a 19-15 victory over Italy and he is set to be named in the side to play Wales this weekend, when interim coach Stuart Lancaster confirms the line-up tomorrow morning.
Saracens director of rugby Mark McCall said: "Owen obviously has a wonderfully exciting future in the game, at club and international level, and we are delighted he has pledged his future to Saracens."
And Farrell is joined by Botha - who took his bow for England in this season's Six Nations. McCall said: "Mouritz's progress over the past few years has been fantastic, and we genuinely believe the best is yet to come."
Sarries flanker Ernest Joubert has also put pen to paper on a new deal with the Vicarage Road side. McCall paid tribute to the back-row saying: "Ernst has been one of the pillars of the Saracens revival over the past few years, and we are thrilled he has committed his future to the club."
Farrell, Botha and Joubert are three of 18 Saracens players to have signed contract extensions, with the club planning to announce the rest over the next three days.
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