Wigglesworth signs new club contract

England scrum-half Richard Wigglesworth has extended his contract with Saracens.

England scrum-half Richard Wigglesworth has extended his contract with Saracens.

The 35-year-old, who became the all-time Premiership appearance holder in September, will remain at Allianz Park until the summer of 2020, taking him up to 10 seasons with the club.

Wigglesworth has won 33 England caps since his debut against Italy in the 2008 Six Nations Championship and has been a regular in Eddie Jones’ squad since the 2018 Six Nations campaign, when he was recalled after a three-year hiatus.

The No. 9 featured against Wales, Scotland, France and Ireland as well as in victories against Australia and Japan this autumn.

Wigglesworth won domestic honours in his first Saracens campaign in 2010/11 and has gone on to add a further three English titles to his name as well as two European Cups.

He has been a key part of the club’s squad for many years and his performances have seen him eclipse the 200-game mark as well as earn a recall to the England squad.

On his new deal, Wigglesworth said: “I’ve been lucky enough to have been part of the club for nine years and I don’t think there’s too many people who have wanted to leave, and there’s a lot of people who have wanted come.

“I’m just one of those many people who want to be associated with the club. I’ve enjoyed a lot of success here and I’m not interested in that finishing at the moment.”

Director of Rugby Mark McCall added: “He’s incredibly professional. He’s understood the need to look after his body and there’s nobody more diligent when it comes to that side of things.

“It says something about his determination and competitiveness that at his age he’s been able to force his way back into England reckoning. It’s an incredible achievement and it’s great for us to keep him on for another year.”