Saracens new signings making big impact

Our two new signings have been getting friendly with the club's gruelling ‘Wattbike’.

I won’t get too technical as to how the Wattbike works but, in short, it is a devastating piece of equipment designed to make grown, fit and athletic men crumble.

James Johnstone and Billy Vunipola have been doing their time on it as they began their pre-season with us.

James is the biggest man I have ever seen with calf muscles bigger than anyone else's quads and Billy has some serious power too.

It’s good to have both of them here. James is a quality prop and back-rower Billy will join his brother Mako here at Sarries.

It’s funny to see Billy and Mako together because they are two very different people. They have the same sort of sayings but they are different characters.

Billy is tee-total and really into his fashion and looking good. Mako has a different approach to life but, as an older brother from a family with big south sea islands influences, he gets all the privileges.

Pre-season is hard for all of us at the minute - not just the new boys.

There was plenty of Sun when England were on tour to Argentina.

I had some much-needed time off with the family when I got back from England’s Argentina tour in June and I must say, I am getting used to the hot weather.

We had sun in Argentina, then I went on holiday to Turkey, came back here at the start of the heatwave and soon, Saracens are going to South Africa to spend time on a Game Reserve. I can’t imagine it being cold out there either.

It’s a trip we are all really looking forward to and one of the things that makes this club great to play for.

There will be six or eight of us in groups living in huts and going out to see what we can find. It should be an amazing experience before we go to Cape Town for three days of training.


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