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Saracens Announce Cross-Code Partnership
Union champions announce link-up with Wigan Warriors
Posted Nov 10, 2011 by Chris White
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The English rugby union champions have announced a ground breaking partnership to share players and resources with a rugby league side, as well as facing each other in a cross-code fixture.
Saracens and the Wigan Warriors aim to share “resources and knowledge” across the clubs’ coaching teams and academies, allowing the teams to loan players to each other across the codes, and follows the announcement that centre Joel Tomkins has left the Warriors to join the Aviva Premiership champions in rugby union.
Saracens chairman Nigel Wray, who made the joint-announcement with Wigan chairman Ian Lenagan, said “Wigan are a fantastic club with a worldwide reputation. We are really excited by this partnership and the potential to share players and resources to ensure each club is able to maximise its potential on and off the field.”
Lenagan said that talks over a deal for Tomkins helped establish the arrangement, with the two clubs “growing close.”
Wigan are the most successful club in English rugby league, with 19 league titles, 18 Challenge Cup victories and three World Club Championships. While Saracens have a relatively empty cabinet, aside from the 2010/11 Premiership.
A date for the cross-code fixture has yet to be confirmed.