Saracens earned a break after their stunning win over Munster at the weekend
The star players headed off to Barcelona for a few days on the beach
Billy Vunipola looked to be enjoying himself as he posed for a picture
Saracens headed to Barcelona yesterday after reaching the European Champions Cup final in a bid to further strengthen their team spirit as they go in search of another ‘double’.
And they took time to pose for a squad photo on the beach on Monday afternoon.
However, as well as one slightly more formal effort, England and Lions back-rower Billy Vunipola also took time to strike a rather sillier pose, astride a team-mate.
“We’re flying out to Barcelona for a day or two’s team-building,” said Saracens hooker Schalk Brits.
“Of course we’re going there for a debrief on what happened against Munster and a video session! Unfortunately, rugby gets in the way of our social activities!,” the South African added.
“We’re going to look at the architecture and all the sights.”
Saracens have established a reputation for unorthodox away trips, which Brits insisted were about more than simply having a good time.
“That’s what makes this club quite a special place. The rugby’s important but the individual comes first.
“Sometimes people wonder how you get an extra five percent out of a player; how can you get him up off the ground,” the 35-year-old Springbok explained.
“If you feel so much love for the team and want to earn the respect of the guy next to you.
“People defend for each other because they want to, not because they get paid. They want to earn respect – and have fun in Barcelona together!”