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Saracens add six to their Senior Academy

20th May 2016
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Saracens have announced that six schoolboys will join their Senior Academy this summer once their school studies have been completed.

 

Danny Cutmore, Ali Crossdale, Ben Earl, Al Gliksten, Nick Isiekwe, and Jack Nay will all join the senior academy, which has seen the likes of Maro Itoje, Nick Tompkins, and Nathan Earle come through in the last couple of years.

 

Ali Crossdale has been one of the most sought after schoolboys in the country this year, the Sedbergh star was on the books of Newcastle Falcons and is an England U18 international who can play at either fly half or full back.

 

Ben Earl is also an England U18 international, and former England U16 captain, the Tonbridge School man is most at home in the number 8 shirt but can also play at blindside. His stock is certainly on the up at Saracens, having already featured prominently for the A League side, Saracens Storm, as well as appearing for the 1st XV in pre season.

 

Nick Isiekwe has seen similar action, playing for Saracens Storm and also featuring for the 1st XV. Isiekwe is a second row, and has started every England U18 game this season. A product of Haileybury, he will join a number of other Haileybury old boys at Saracens, including Jamie George, Matt Hankin, and Chris Wyles.

 

Jack Nay of Berkhamsted School, another back row player, has also played for England U18 this season and like Earl and Isiekwe he has appeared for Saracens Storm.

 

Beaumont School’s Danny Cutmore is another second row and will hope to build a partnership with Isiekwe to rival Itoje and Kruis in the 1st XV squad, while Harrow’s Al Gliksten will add to Saracens’ exciting young scrum half options that include the likes of Ben Spencer, Tom Whiteley, and Henry Taylor.

 

Speaking on the new senior academy recruits, Saracens Academy Manager Don Barrell told the club:

 

“We’re very excited to welcome Ben, Jack, Nick, Ali, Al and Danny to the club this summer. All have promising futures ahead of them and we’re looking forward to helping them realise their potential and work incredibly hard and off the field.”