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Andy Saull

Andy Saull

Key Facts

SquadSaracens
PositionFlanker
Age25
Height1.85m (6'1")
Weight101kg (15st 12lb)
Caps0 Test appearances

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Signing a new three-year contract with Saracens in December 2009, together with starting appearances in all three Churchill Cup matches in June 2010 for the triumphant England Saxons, has rewarded Andy Saull for his back row expertise. He began that tournament with a try in the 49-17 win over Russia in Glendale, Colorado.

From there, Andy came off the bench for Luke Narraway against both Italy A at Worcester and Ireland Wolfhounds at Ravenhill, Belfast last winter. London-born Andy was promoted from Saracens’ academy to the senior squad for the 2009-10 season but his debut had been against Bristol in the EDF Energy Cup in November 2007, only months after finishing his studies.

His precocious performances had already taken him into the England U19 squad for the Six Nations and IRB World Championship at the age of 17.

Andy began playing at the Woodford club in Essex, where he was schooled at Bancroft’s and he has been part time for a degree in Financial Economics at Birkbeck, University of London.

His rugby education has spanned England U16, U19 and U20 through to his Saxons’ debut against Portugal at Edgeley Park three years ago and he owes much to his Essex coach Adrian Crawley, who turned him into a flanker. He made a second appearance against Ireland A at Bath two winters ago.

His best moments include being part of the England U20 squad that achieved the Grand Slam in 2008, although he had missed much of the previous season through a broken leg.

By late January this year, he had played in 69 Aviva Premiership matches and scored seven tries, having added to the sense of occasion when making his maiden touchdown in the competition at Twickenham, no less, in the London Double Header in September 2009.

When Andy committed himself to his new Saracens contract, along with full back Alex Goode, Brendan Venter, then the director of rugby, said: "They have developed into respected Premiership players. They are like giant stakes in the ground, helping to underpin our future."

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