By Katie Field
Who is the man of the moment?
David Strettle, the 30-year-old Saracens wing who is hoping to help his team maintain their 100% record in this season’s Aviva Premiership when they take on Harlequins at the Twickenham Stoop on Saturday, 28 September (kick-off 3.15pm).
Why is he in the spotlight?
The 14-capped England wing might have turned 30 in July but he is proving there is life in the old dog yet, scoring four tries in the first two rounds for Sarries – two against Gloucester and two in last week’s win over Bath. Strettle, who scored nine tries in the whole of the last Premiership season, is joint top try-scorer in the league this term, vying with England rival, London Irish wing Marland Yarde for top spot.
This weekend’s clash with Harlequins is all the more significant for Strettle as he played for Quins until 2010. What’s more, he reaches the landmark of 60 Premiership appearances for Saracens in this game.
What’s Strettle got to say about it?
“So far the start of the new season has gone well for me but it is always easier to score when the team is playing well as you obviously get more chances. When the team is playing well, as we are this season, opportunities to score present themselves to you but it wouldn’t be the case if the pack weren’t doing their job.
“Everyone wants to score tries, but I think everyone here would rather take a team win, and that shows with how well everyone is playing right now.”
Watch Strettle and England team-mate Ben Foden pit their wits against each other in a quiz.
Will he be whooping or weeping this weekend?
Saracens have been in irresistible form so far this season, picking up a maximum of 15 points from their three Premiership matches so far and scoring 13 tries. Harlequins have home advantage but they lost to Northampton at the Stoop a fortnight ago, so that is no guarantee of success. Their 37-13 win at Worcester last weekend was sensational, but I am still tipping Saracens to make it four wins out of four.
Watch Strettle and Saracens take on Harlequins at the Twickenham Stoop on Saturday, 28 September, kick-off 3.15pm.Like Rugby World? Subscribe to the magazine for the latest comprehensive content.