Stormers’ Melck goes on trial with Saracens


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Stormers back row Justin Melck has joined Saracens for the week on a trial basis as the English premiership team look to bolster their squad following the loss of key players.

Saracens have lost the services of Michael Owen (injury) Steve Borthwick (England duty) and Chris Jack who is returning to New Zealand until February 20 for family reasons.

Sarries director of rugby Eddie Jones has thus been forced to look for cover with South African Melck teaming up with the club for a week with a view to joining until the end of the season.

Melck captained Western Province in 2007 and has previously spent time on loan at Munster and can play anywhere across the back-row.

“Justin is here for a week’s trial,” Jones told Sky News.

“He’s played with the Stormers and Munster and with Michael Owen’s injury we’re just looking to see whether he’s a guy that could potentially fill a space in our squad.

“We’ve lost Steve Borthwick now for six weeks and with Chris Jack going back to New Zealand until February 20 to be with his wife who is expecting a baby, we’re just seeing how much cover we’ll need for the rest of the season.”

Melck will more than likely start on the bench for Saracens in their  friendly against Boland on Wednesday.

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