Elliot Daly To Make Long Awaited Saracens Return Ahead of World Cup Push - Ruck

Elliot Daly To Make Long Awaited Saracens Return Ahead of World Cup Push

Elliot Daly is set to make his return to rugby tomorrow, as Saracens take on Bath in their final regular season match of the 2022/23 Gallagher Premiership. The fullback has been side-lined since the end of January, with an unfortunate hamstring injury keeping the England star out of action for the 2023 Guinness Six Nations.

Elliot Daly of Saracens kicks the conversion during the Gallagher Premiership Rugby Match between Saracens and Gloucester Rugby at Stonex Stadium on 24 September. Photo: Frankie OKeeffe/PPAUK

Daly said to the Official Saracens Club Website; “I can’t wait to get back out there again on Saturday. It’s been a long journey back but thanks to all of the medical and S&C staff who have helped me along the way. We want to build some momentum ahead of the semi final so it’s a big day for all of us.”

After 13 weeks out of action, Daly will get the opportunity to run out for Sarries, with his last match coming in the Heineken Champions Cup Pool Stages against Edinburgh. Saracens have already secured their Premiership Play-Offs spot, ahead of this year’s season finale, with the clash with Bath putting no immediate match-day pressure on the 30-year-old.

However, Bath will be looking to finish their season off strongly, and will certainly look to test a Saracens side of returning players and academy stars.

Saracens finished top of the Gallagher Premiership this season, and were head-and-shoulders away from the chasing pack. The Londoners finished nine points clear of second placed Sale Sharks, and are set to take on either Northampton Saints or Leicester Tigers, depending on how the final weekend of action pans out across the league.

Daly’s injury means that he has yet to be involved in the Steve Borthwick era of the England senior squad, with Freddie Steward being the go-to fullback so far. Daly is a versatile utility back, with the ability to play at fullback, on the wing, or in the centre, so he is not limited to competing with Borthwick’s former Leicester Tigers player.

Final whistle celebrations for Jamie George of England Rugby and Elliot Daly of England Rugby after the Six Nations Championship match between England and Wales at Twickenham Stadium, Twickenham, London on February 26th 2021. – PHOTO: Phil Mingo/PPAUK

Borthwick is yet to announce his 55-man wider training squad for the 2023 Rugby World Cup, but Elliot Daly will be hopeful of a strong Saracens return, to set-up a last-minute call up. If Daly impresses Borthwick in the closing weeks of the season, he should hope to join his Saracens teammates Owen Farrell, Jamie George and Maro Itoje in the training camp very soon.