At the end of the current season Saracens will say farewell to one of the club’s most capped, and most popular, players when Chris Wyles retires from rugby.
Wyles, who joined Saracens in 2008, has made 243 appearances for the club scoring 67 tries and is one of the most versatile players at Mark McCall’s disposition at Saracens, being capable of playing across the back line.
In ten years at Saracens Wyles has played a pivotal role at the club, helping the club to three Aviva Premiership titles and two European Cups. The American born back has also captained the USA for whom he made over fifty appearances and featured for his country at the Rio Olympics in 2016.
“There was an opportunity to continue but it feels like now is the perfect time to step away from rugby,” he said.
Wyles, who had spells with Nottingham and Northampton Saints before joining Saracens in 2008, is set to concentrate on his business interests after his retirement.
He has won 54 international caps, played at three World Cups and the rugby sevens tournament at the 2016 Olympics, and also had a spell as USA captain.
“It’s been an incredibly tough decision to make,” he added. “While it’s going to be hard moving on from rugby, the support Saracens have given me means the transition will hopefully be a smooth one.”