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Sharks to warm up for Super Rugby against Saracens

Saracens will host the Sharks at Allianz Park North London in January

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Article Published: Friday 6 December 2013|

2012 Super Rugby finalists the Sharks will travel to England and play a Super Rugby warm up match against Aviva Premiership Rugby club Saracens in January 2014.

The match is scheduled to take place at Allianz Park on Saturday 25 January, 2014 and will be between the Premiership leaders and the Currie Cup champions.

Saracens Director of Rugby Mark McCall said, "Our players will enjoy the challenge presented by a full-strength Sharks team, packed with Springboks like Bismarck du Plessis and Francois Steyn, and it's sure to be a fantastic rugby occasion at Allianz Park."

Former Saracens player and now Sharks CEO John Smit said, "It will be a wonderful experience for our players to travel to London and play at Allianz Park. The match is a crucial part of our preparations for the new Super XV season and it will also be the first match in charge for our new coach, Jake White."

The match has been approved by SA Rugby, and will be presented for approval by the RFU Board next week.

Saracens may however not be able to field a full strength team as the north London club host Newcastle Falcons in an LV=Cup match at Allianz Park the following day, on Sunday 26 January.

McCall added, "It will be all hands to the pump. The LV=Cup is very important to us - we've won both pool matches so far - and we're confident the squad will cope with the twin challenge."

Ticket will go on sale from Sunday the 15th of December.

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