George can’t wait to face Toulon

Date published: October 10 2016

Saracens hooker Jamie George is eager to start the defence of their Champions Cup title against former winners Toulon this weekend.

“We played a pre-season game in Toulon four or five years ago and the atmosphere was incredible. It is one of the stadiums that you want to play in,” George told the Evening Standard.

“This is a huge game to start the Champions Cup pool stage, but we are in a great position going to Toulon.

“We have created really good momentum with our win over Wasps. Hopefully, we can go there and put in a similar performance because we have laid the foundations over the last six weeks in the Aviva Premiership.”

Saracens director or rugby Mark McCall is hoping to have England fly-half Owen Farrell back for the Toulon clash.

Farrell has missed all six league games to date with a back injury, but warmed-up with the team ahead of the Wasps match and, now that he is able to kick at goal again, could come into the reckoning ahead of Alex Lozowski.

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“Owen was with the team for Wasps, he warmed up with them and place kicked for the first time before the game. If everything goes to plan, then hopefully he’ll be available for this weekend,” McCall said.

“If everything goes to plan, he could go straight into the team for this weekend – he’s an influential member of the squad and it’s good to have him around the team. I think he could definitely come straight into the team, six weeks isn’t so long, but we’ll asses that in training.

“Alex Lozowski has put his case forward so it’s a big shout for us, but Owen is a world-class fly-half. For us to have won five of our first six league games without the likes of Owen, Duncan Taylor and Chris Ashton is a good achievement.”