New deals for Juan Figallo and Duncan Taylor

Date published: May 16 2018

Saracens have announced Argentina tighthead Juan Figallo and Scotland centre Duncan Taylor have extended their contracts to the end of 2020/21.

Figallo, who scored on the final day of the regular Premiership campaign against Gloucester, has made 88 appearances for Sarries since joining from Montpellier four seasons ago.

During his career the 30-year-old has forged himself the reputation as one of the finest scrummagers in the game.

He famously raced back from the hospital following the birth of his baby boy to play for the Men in Black against Gloucester in February 2016 – such is his commitment to the team.

A family man, Figallo, his wife and two children have found home at Saracens, one of the reasons the forever-smiling tighthead prop is pleased to prolong his stay in north London.

“I’m really happy to stay,” he told Saracens’ official website. “I’ve played four seasons here and I’ve really enjoyed myself.

“My family came here as two; I got married just before I came here and now we have two kids and we’re living the Sarries life. We really love it.”

Director of rugby Mark McCall commented: “We’re very pleased Juan has committed his future to Saracens.

“He has contributed enormously on and off the pitch in his four years at the club. He’s a great player, a brilliant character and we’re delighted to have him and his family stay at Saracens.”

Meanwhile, Taylor is the latest Sarries player to sign fresh terms. The Scotland centre joined the Londoners as a dual-registered player for the 2011/12 season and has since gone on to become one of the most experienced members of the squad.

His contributions to the Men in Black were recognised by his team-mates when he was awarded 2015/16 Players’ Player of the Season before becoming part of the illustrious 100 club a year later.

The versatile and dynamic outside back’s all-action style has seen him excel with Saracens and at international level.

While the past year has been decimated with injury, Taylor is thankful for the club’s continued support.

“I’m very happy,” he said. “I’ve had a tough couple of years with injury and the club has been great to me. It’s been a great environment even though I’ve been injured for so much of it, the last couple of years have meant a lot to me.

“It means a lot that the club are willing to commit to me for another couple of years.”

McCall added: “We’re very happy to have extended Duncan’s contract; he’s a brilliant player who will continue to improve and get better.

“He’s hugely popular amongst his team-mates and will continue to add hugely to the group going forward.”