Rocket blasts into Sarries

Gaffney's delight at Russell deal

By Katy Richards.   Last Updated: 01/08/07 11:29pm

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Russell: Capped 18 times for Springboks

Russell: Capped 18 times for Springboks

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Alan Gaffney, Saracens director of rugby has explained how he is looking forward to Brent Russell starting life at Vicarage Road.

Following Western Province's agreement of the early release of 'Pocket Rocket' Russell, the 27-year-old should be joining the Sarries within the next few weeks in time for the start of the 2007-08 season.

The international utility back has 18 caps for the Springboks since his debut against Wales in 2002, and is known for his fearsome pace.

In regards to his move to Saracens, Gaffney told the Saracens website: "It's not really been that much of a secret that we have been trying to sign Brent for a number of weeks and we're delighted that he will be a Saracens player.

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"We welcome the news that Western Province has agreed to release him early from his contract and that has cleared the way for him to join us for that start of the season.

"There is still the odd bit of paperwork to complete which should be resolved shortly and I know that Brent is looking forward to competing in the Guinness Premiership and the Heineken Cup this year.

"He is a quality player who has the ability to change games in an instant. He can play in a number of different positions including full back, wing and fly-half and he has the pace to burn which really makes him an exciting player.

"He has been a consistent performer in both the Super 14 and Currie Cup in recent seasons and I believe he is unlucky not to be part of South Africa's World Cup plans.

"However he is a fantastic addition to our squad and further strengthen the backs division as we look to build on last year's fourth place finish in the Premiership."

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