The boys at Sarries have enjoyed another superb club trip this pre-season.
After playing Treviso, we went for a couple of days in Rimini. It was relaxing, good fun and a nice break from the rigours of pre-season training.
It was the latest in a number of memorable trips that I have been on while at this club.
We work hard in training and on the pitch – but when it is time to relax, we enjoy ourselves too.
That genuinely gives us another couple of per cent on the pitch in tight games when you have to dig deep to win a match. The team bonding we get a chance to do on these trips definitely pays dividends.
With the best will in the world, when you try and organise team socials at home, there is always a percentage of the squad that can’t make it for one reason or another.
But these trips are in our schedule, we have to go.
I remember my first was a visit to the Oktoberfest in Munich – that set a pretty high standard!
But my favourite was a week in Miami. We were in six-man RVs – like motor homes – cruising up and down Miami and Florida Keys. It was simply amazing and a great laugh.
We got the chance to train with the Miami Dolphins while we were there too.
I remember several of the lads having a go at field-goal kicking, backing ourselves and thinking we might get spotted by one of the Dolphins coaches and offered a multi-million dollar deal.
I don’t think their coaching staff so much as batted an eyelid at us!
Trips like that are one of the ways in which the club is sold to potential players. Which player would not want to go to some of the places we have been to over the past few years?
The club say they will treat us extremely well and look after our families too, which is a big part of the Saracens culture.
In return, the way we get treated by the club increases our loyalty towards them.
That has helped build a very strong team spirit here at Sarries and long may that continue into this weekend’s Aviva Premiership opener against London Irish at Twickenham and beyond.
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