Former Wallabies rower Will Skelton has finalized what he described as the toughest decision of his career.
The 27-year-old should sign a two-year contract extension with the Saracens Premiership club on the eve of his monumental Champions Cup final against Leinster. In an agreement that will put him out of the running for this year’s World Cup in Japan. Sports fanatics from all over the world can now grab Rugby World Cup Final Tickets online to enjoy most exciting rugby matches.
Playing in a star squad of internationals such as Maro Itoje, Owen Farrell, the Vunipola brothers, Schalk Burge, and Liam Williams, Skelton is well below the 60 selections required to qualify for the Wallabies.
He was trying to get me home and there were offers from Super Rugby however it’s hard because I agreed to stay here. There are still some details to settle, but I’m about to sign a new contract here.
“It was an extremely difficult decision to take place in this year’s world cup. However, if the rules change in the future, I will always put my hand in the service of Australia.”
Head coach Mark McCall warned his star when he arrived at the club in 2017 that he would never realize the potential he had shown in his debut with the Waratahs.
McCall said, “Will’s been a revelation since he came over here.”
But he’ll be the first to admit he’s been a bit a slow burner. He’s always been a huge talent and ability to bring something to a team that other players can’t, not only because of his size but his skill set as well. However, what we needed from Will was for him to have a bigger impact on games and the only way to do that was for him to lose some weight.
After helping steer Saracens to their fourth-ever Premiership crown last season, Skelton’s side looks on track to at least seriously challenge for back-to-back titles. But before then, a European showdown with Leinster awaits in Newcastle on Saturday.
Saracens won the last of their two Champions Cups in 2017, and standing in their way of claiming their third European title in four seasons is Leinster forward and Skelton’s former Australian teammate Scott Fardy.
“Fards’ always tough, he is a great player and great bloke, as well,” he said. He’s gone over there and added value to Leinster and help make them successful.
It will be a great challenge and I am looking forward to it these are the games every rugby player wants to play in.
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