By Katie Field
Who is the man of the moment?
Jamie George, the 22-year-old Saracens hooker who will be going head-to-head with Gloucester in an Aviva Premiership clash at Allianz Park on Sunday, 15 September (kick-off 2pm).
Why is he in the spotlight?
After serving his apprenticeship at Saracens behind John Smit and Schalk Britz in the pecking order, George was given the chance to start only his seventh Premiership match in five years and grabbed it with both hands, scoring two tries and impressing in all facets of the game. With Smit retired, the former England U20s player has convinced the Saracens coaches he is more than ready for a season-long battle for the No 2 shirt with Britz. Young George made a superb start last weekend and has stolen a march in the try-scoring competition he is having with his rival.
What’s George got to say about it?
“We put our attacking plan into practice well last weekend (they beat London Irish 42-20) and the team effort was the most pleasing thing. We played some really good stuff and hopefully that will provide us with a platform going into the Gloucester game. It’s going to be a massive test but as a team we should be excited by the challenge.”
Click here to see highlights of the Saracens v London Irish match, including George’s brace of tries.
Will he be whooping or weeping this weekend?
Gloucester started the season with a shock defeat at home to Sale Sharks, while Saracens won well against Irish at Twickenham. With home advantage in their favour, Saracens are expected to win, and win comfortably.
Take a look at George as he tries to make mincemeat of his team-mates in the Saracens Pie and Mighty contest.
Watch George and Saracens take on Gloucester at Allianz Park on Sunday 15 September, kick-off 2pm.
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Sarcens are handing Gloucester fans (who live in Gloucestershire) a unique special offer to win back the price of their match ticket if they correctly predict who wins the match. Call the Saracens box office on 0203 675 7200 for details.