Jamie George wants to put England’s disastrous Six Nations campaign behind as he pits a full-time college student against Richmond for Saracens
- Jamie George is back on duty with Saracens in the Greene King IPA Championship
- The environment will be very different from the Six Nations campaign in England
- His opposite number for Richmond is Callum Torpey, a full-time college student
Jamie George wants to put England’s disastrous Six Nations campaign behind by going head-to-head with a full-time college student when the Saracens face Richmond tomorrow.
The 30-year-old Lions hooker goes from the scorching intensity of Test rugby to making a personal debut at the Greene King IPA Championship. George was on duty for his country at Aviva Stadium in Dublin last Saturday, but his first club appearance since October 4 will be in the relatively modest setting of the Athletic Ground, Richmond.
As Owen Farrell, Maro Itoje, Billy and Mako Vunipola and Elliot Daly are outfitted by Saracens for a match they are sure to win, George will bolster the promotional quest that got off to a false start with a defeat to Cornish Pirates in Penzance on opening weekend .
Jamie George is from England to play in the Greene King IPA Championship
He will compete against an unknown counterpart: Richmond hooker Callum Torpey, who studies planning and real estate management at Oxford Brookes University.
It will be a grand opportunity for Torpey and all of the home team’s part-timers, honking with recent national and European champions.
As well as George, Saracens have recalled Scottish wing Sean Maitland as a replacement, and their starting XV also includes South African World Cup winning backing Vincent Koch and central Scotland Duncan Taylor.
The whore will roll up his sleeves and lock horns with Callum Torpey this weekend
Mark McCall will deploy the rest of his English contingent in the coming weeks as Saracens host Bedford for a trip to Doncaster, followed by a home game with leading rivals Ealing Trailfinders.
Rugby director McCall is delighted to see so many senior men available again, while Saracens face a bigger challenge in the league than thought.
“We’re happy to get them back,” he said. ‘I’m encouraged by the appetite they have to roll up their sleeves for the club. We have this short sprint of a campaign in which we have to make sure we get back into the premier league. It is important that everyone muzzles in it. ‘