Table tennis at Saracens

Saracens scrum-half Wigglesworth has been getting used to a bat and ball rather than just a ball recently.

Saracens have gone table tennis mad.

It started as a bit of a laugh but I have to admit it is starting to get serious now.

We spent one of our recent team socials playing the game – for hours.

I have no idea why, but our CEO Ed Griffiths is absolutely mad on the sport and his passion for it has spread throughout the squad.

He’s bought us a table for the training ground which is very popular as we wait between skills and strength and conditioning units during the week.

The other day, we went one further and organised some serious playing.

I was in charge of collating results so was at the coal face to witness the joys and horror of defeat!

Unfortunately, one of the lads is rather hard to beat. Scrum-half Ben Spencer has represented his country at the sport when he was a youngster, apparently.

He’s only 20 now so he’s still got most of those skills honed to a decent level.

That’s annoying for the rest of us. If he loses a single point, he acts like his life has ended.

So you can imagine what he was like when Ed beat him once!

Winger Chris Wyles is quite handy too and there are a few lads who can give Ben a run for his money if they on good form.

Alternatively, most of the front five like George Kruis and Mako Vunipola are, let’s say, not the most agile, co-ordinated or fleet-footed.

It’s good to see Mako and the other England boys back this week.

Not only for their playing strengths but because our table tennis tournament had to have an ‘International break’ during the autumn period because so many of the lads were away with their countries!

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