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TRANSFER NEWS | Isiekwe has signed a new long-term contract

Saracens have revealed that departing lock Nick Isiekwe has pledged his future to the men in black by signing a new three-year deal.

The 22-year-old, who joins Max Malins, Ben Earl and Joel Kpoku in re-signing with the Men in Black, has penned a deal that will keep him in north London until 2024.


Isiekwe will continue his development in the Premiership next season with Northampton Saints on a season-long loan deal before returning to the Saracens family.

And he insisted he cannot wait to continue making memories at his boyhood club.

“I’m over the moon to commit my future long-term,” said Isiekwe. “I’ve been here for my whole adult life so far and since I was 13 in the Academy.

“I’ll always look back at the development that I’ve had as a player and as a person and just be thankful. It’s been a special place not only in my life but in my family’s life.

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“It’s been special for me growing up and what they say isn’t wrong, it is a family. To be around people that you care so much for and respect so much, it’s just been a great thing to be a part of and I’m looking forward to the future.”

Director of Rugby Mark McCall added: “Nick is another product of our outstanding Academy and at 22 years old has made excellent progress over the last few years.

“There is no question that his best days are ahead of him and we are delighted he has committed his future to our club in the long term.”


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LIST | 5 players from abroad who could be capped by England in the future

These five have shown enough ability or promise to suggest they may be future England stars in waiting.

Foreign-born stars, such as Nathan Hughes and the Vunipola brothers, have already shown how integral they can be for the Red Rose after making the step up to International rugby.

Here are five players who could pull on the white jersey in the future:

1. Ruan Ackermann – Gloucester (South Africa)

His Dad Johan Ackermann, who departed as Gloucester boss for Japan earlier this month, confirmed that his son will be staying with the Cherry & Whites to persue international honours, and has already been in contact with Eddie Jones. The imposing number eight qualify for England on residency grounds in August 2020 — just four months before World Rugby’s new eligibility laws kick in.

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