Planet Rugby

Wyles ready to fill in for Tomkins

29th November 2013 05:56

Share:

Chris Wyles Saracens 2013

Mr Versatile: Chris Wyles

Saracens utility back Chris Wyles is a man for all positions and the USA international admits he is happy to be his club's Mr Versatile.

The 30-year-old missed Sarries' 16-9 Aviva Premiership victory over Exeter Chiefs last weekend because he was busy playing for the USA - albeit in the familiar surroundings of Allianz Park.

It was a familiar outcome for the back, though, who continued his fine form at the venue this season with a 28-7 triumph over Russia.

At the same time, his club team-mates were grinding out what could prove to be a vital win down at Sandy Park.

But with centre Joel Tomkins now ruled out for around three months with a knee injury, they may be calling on Wyles to step into the breach once more and he is happy to answer the SOS.

"I've played in a fair few positions and I've said it so many times but I am just happy to be playing, wherever that may be," he said.

"I don't think I have a favourite position, I just like being involved, but I've found playing at 12 very enjoyable.

"It's tough on Joel because he had a great spell and made a great impression this season, but he'll come back stronger and fitter.

"Injuries are part of the game, and especially at Sarries it's about squad rotation, you have seen that in the LV= Cup, we aim to be competitive in every competition."

Saracens have won all nine regular season Aviva Premiership matches they have played since moving to their new stadium.

That includes four this term, but a blistering start isn't always a good thing according to Wyles.

He points to Leicester Tigers and their knack of winning when it matters, and Wyles wants Sarries to take note.

"As a team we really enjoy playing there, we want to make it into a bit of a fortress and it's been a good start this season," he added.

"The season is a long grind, though, Leicester are famous for not starting well and going on and winning the Premiership, it's incredible.

"But first things first, as long as we focus on the task at hand and not look too far ahead we should do ok, because Christmas is a big period for us."

  • Aviva Prem Fixtures
Forthcoming Fixtures
FixtureDetails
All times are local
Aviva Premiership
Friday , April 18
Harlequins vs Leicester19:45
Saturday , April 19
Exeter vs Sale15:00
Bath vs Worcester15:00
Wasps vs Gloucester15:15
Sunday , April 20
Northampton vs London Irish14:00
Newcastle vs Saracens15:00
Saturday , May 3
Saracens vs Worcester15:00
Bath vs Northampton15:00
Wasps vs Newcastle15:00
Exeter vs Harlequins15:00
More Aviva Premiership fixtures
  • Aviva Prem Results
Recent Results
FixtureDetails
All times are local
Aviva Premiership
Sunday , April 13
Saracens 28 - 24 NorthamptonSaracens vs Northampton Report
London Irish 40 - 12 NewcastleLondon Irish vs Newcastle Report
Saturday , April 12
Leicester 27 - 15 WaspsLeicester vs Wasps Report
Worcester 33 - 38 ExeterWorcester vs Exeter Report
Gloucester 17 - 18 BathGloucester vs Bath Report
Friday , April 11
Sale Sharks 12 - 27 HarlequinsSale Sharks vs Harlequins Report
Sunday , March 30
Newcastle 12 - 17 WorcesterNewcastle vs Worcester Report
Saturday , March 29
Exeter 13 - 14 GloucesterExeter vs Gloucester Report
Harlequins 23 - 9 London IrishHarlequins vs London Irish Report
Wasps 20 - 32 SaracensWasps vs Saracens Report
More Aviva Premiership results
  • Aviva Prem Table
Aviva Premiership Table
PosTeamPPts
1Saracens1976
2Northampton1966
3Leicester Tigers1963
4Bath1959
5Harlequins1954