Sarries confirm South Africa fixture
October 5, 2011
Saracens hooker Schalk Brits will get the chance to play in his native South Africa again this season © Getty Images
Saracens have announced that they will stage their Heineken Cup pool clash with Biarritz in Cape Town on January 14 of next year.
The Aviva Premiership champions required permission from both the ERC and the International Rugby Board (IRB) to take European rugby to South Africa and that has now been granted, much to the delight of Sarries chairman Nigel Wray.
"The world is becoming increasingly smaller and well connected, and, as a club, we are committed to thinking big and creating major events that people want to watch," he said. "We look forward to proceeding with these exciting plans, expanding the footprint and commercial value of European rugby."
Saracens' recent acquisition of Springboks skipper John Smit means that they will have 13 South African-born players in the squad when they travel to Cape Town for their round five clash with Top 14 outfit Biarritz, who have two themselves in the form of Eduard Coetzee and Albertus Buckle.
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