England’s George extends Saracens contract

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England hooker Jamie George has signed a new three-year contract at Saracens, the Gallagher Premiership club have announced.

The reigning English champions will be relegated at the end of the season after breaching salary cap rules, meaning the 29-year-old will feature in the second-tier Championship in the 2020-21 season.

“I couldn’t be happier to have signed for a few more years,” George told the club website on Friday. “I well and truly believe Saracens is my home and the way the club have looked after me over the past 10 to 12 years has been unbelievable.

“Another big reason for me signing is the group we’ve still got at the club. We’re a stronger group than we’ve ever been.

“This is probably the most exciting period I’ve ever been involved in with Saracens in terms of the regeneration, the rebuilding structure, people going out on loan and coming back and the challenge of playing next season in the Championship.”

George has played 226 times for his boyhood club since his debut in 2009. He has represented England 49 times.

He joins Scotland international Sean Maitland, Ralph Adams-Hale, Dom Morris, Tom Woolstencroft and Manu Vunipola in extending their stay at the London club this week.

“It is difficult to put into words the impact that Jamie has had on our club,” Saracens director of rugby Mark McCall said.

“Early in his career he showed great patience and a willingness to learn and it has been a privilege to witness him develop into the outstanding player and leader he now is.”

Saracens will resume the Premiership season stalled due to the coronavirus pandemic with a trip to Bristol Bears on Aug. 15.

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