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Re: 2009 - what changed?
Posted by: beshocked
Date: 18/03/2020 16:03
To add to what TOKs said

Two other things happened as well.

Firstly Edward Griffiths became chief executive. Big personality. Very much Marmite just like BV. Many different initiatives were adopted. Like the gathering, the trips for the players abroad, the big games at Wembley, the artificial pitch etc.

Edward Griffiths who had an under appreciated role in SA's 95 RWC win as CEO of the South Africa Rugby Union, became influential in Saracens as well.

Edward Griffiths very much put in place a policy of player welfare at the top. Making sure players had everything they wanted.

Combine this with the canny recruitment using SA connections it helped turn Saracens into a strong team. As well as developing young English talent.

Secondly because of the SA investment and NW's influence Saracens managed to acquire a home in Barnet Copthall with the process starting in 2010.

The acquiring of a home in North London has been a big factor in Saracens improving on and off the field.

Barnet Copthall was turned into a very difficult place for opposition to play because Saracens had a ground they could call their own.

Saracens were nomadic in 2009 and before then.

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