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Sport24.co.za | Stormers' Bok prop off to Saracens



Cape Town – English and European champions Saracens have announced the signing of
Stormers prop Vincent Koch.

Koch,
along with Scotland wing Sean Maitland, will join on two-year deals ahead of
the 2016/17 season.

They
join alongside new signings Schalk Burger (Stormers), Mark Flanagan (Bedford
Blues) Alex Lozowski (Wasps) and Save Rawaca (Fiji 7s).

Koch, who is currently
preparing to face England Saxons with South Africa ‘A’, will link up with Saracens after a spell for the Stormers in Super Rugby that has seen the 26-year old capped by the Springboks on
two occasions.

Speaking about his move to
north London, Koch told Saracens’ official website: “I am very
honoured and privileged to join a champion team like Sarries. Ever since I
visited Saracens I just knew that they would be the perfect club for me. I’m
really looking forward to join the boys for the upcoming season to begin the
hard work for the 2016/17 campaign.”

Wing or fullback
Maitland will join Saracens from relegated side London Irish. The 27-year-old,
who can play on the wing or at fullback, has agreed a long-term contract with
the Exiles. New Zealand-born Maitland has 21 caps for Scotland and also toured
Australia with the British & Irish Lions in 2013.

Maitland who is currently
touring Japan with Vern Cotter’s Scotland side, commented: “When I was approached about joining Saracens I had no hesitation in
accepting the opportunity to join up with their squad.

“The
results they have achieved this season speak for themselves but what really
appealed was the burning desire from the coaches to continuously improve and
evolve. I think the surface at Allianz Park will suit my game and I look
forward to meeting up with my new team-mates in the summer.

“I’ve
really enjoyed my time at London Irish this season despite the obvious
disappointment in getting relegated. There are some great people and players
there, and I am sure that the talent within the squad will see them back in the
Premiership in 2017/18.”

Saracens director of rugby,
Mark McCall, commented: “Having already
announced a number of signings earlier this year, we are pleased to have
finally secured each of our targets.

“We
identified Vincent as a player who could make a significant contribution to the
squad at tighthead prop and at 26 he is a player with huge potential.

“Sean
is a highly experienced and proven international three quarter, and we believe
that he will flourish here.

“Both
players are exactly the kind of characters we think will thrive in our
environment, and we are confident they will become key players for Saracens.”

 



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