Saracens’ veteran international to depart after a decade at Premiership giants

Adam Kyriacou
Argentina tighthead prop Juan Figallo with England hooker Jamie George.

Argentina tighthead prop Juan Figallo with England hooker Jamie George.

Saracens have announced that stalwart and former Argentina international Juan Figallo will leave the club at the end of the campaign for a new challenge.

The 36-year-old, who was a rock in the front-row for Mark McCall’s charges in a hugely successful era for Saracens, has also enjoyed a period in a coaching position.

Figallo made 96 appearances between 2014 and 2020 and was involved in three Premiership triumphs and three European trophies, as well as lifting the LV= Cup.

33 caps for Argentina

The tighthead prop was also a prominent forward for Argentina during his playing career, winning 33 caps and playing in three World Cups, in 2011, 2015 and 2019.

After retiring he took on a coaching role with the Saracens Women’s team, steering them to the Premier 15s title in 2022 with a memorable win over Exeter Chiefs.

The Pumas favourite also started coaching Ampthill in the Championship as he looked to bring through the next generation of Sarries stars, and has been coaching the Saracens first team as well showing his vast experience at the top level.

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Figallo was understandably emotional about his upcoming departure from the club, admitting he grew in all manner of ways since he joined Saracens a decade ago.

“10 years. I have been at Saracens for nearly a third of my life. We came as a young couple, newlyweds, and a decade later we are leaving as a family of five and a dog,” he said.

“I grew up here as a man, a player and most recently a coach.

“I just want to thank the players for helping me in the transition to this new role, to all the staff for the help and guidance and also I want to thank the Saracens supporters for being as incredible as you are.

“My time at Saracens has come to an end physically but my love and support will always be here.

“Thank you, Gracias, Merci!”

Director of rugby Mark McCall paid tribute to Figallo’s influence at Saracens, revealing that he made an “enormous contribution” both on and off the field.

An incredible person

“Juan is an incredible person who is respected by everyone and will be missed by us all,” he said.

“He has made an enormous contribution to our club both as a player and as a coach. He is passionate, selfless and loyal and has a great future in coaching.

“We thank him for all he has contributed and wish him, Trini, Balti, Francisca and Benji happiness as they return home.”

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