Swiss snow for Sarries

The latest in Saracens’ team bonding trips saw us fly out to Verbier in Switzerland and we were soon hurtling down a toboggan course within hours of landing.

It was a superb laugh and second only to Miami in the fun we had. This club certainly treats its players to some memorable trips.

We had a 16-man race down the slope at the end of the first day and everyone was desperate not to finish in the last group - because they had to buy the drinks! It’s funny how that threat can bring the best out of people and it led to some devious tactics and some very quick speeds along the way.

I remember poor Rhys Gill getting absolutely covered in snow around one corner.

As usual, it was superb to get away with the guys and forget about rugby for a while.

It meant we were all refreshed when we went to Wasps last weekend, although you wouldn’t have known that by the start we made going 13-0 behind in as many minutes.

We didn’t panic though and came back into the game well, eventually winning 22-13.

It was good for him - and all of us - to see Chris Ashton score a try too.

There’s no denying that Ashy has a bigger smile on his face when he is scoring tries - like most wingers. He is an out-and-out try-scorer so it was great to see him back on the scoresheet and playing well.

He, and the rest of us, are massively looking forward to Saturday’s Heineken Cup quarter-final against Ulster at Twickenham.

Every part of Ulster’s game is very strong and they have had several injury worries come back into their squad recently.

The magnitude of the game is obvious but we have been trying to treat the build-up to it like any other week.

It has been an interesting week because we prepare to play Aviva Premiership twice a year every year. With sides like Ulster, we have to spend a bit more time learning about them and what they do. That can be quite refreshing.

I am excited at the moment but I will get some nerves before kick-off. But that’s good for me. If I don’t get a few nerves before kick-off, there is something wrong with me.

Refreshed for big Heineken Cup game; Richard Wigglesworth is looking forward to the game against Saracens.


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