Gloucester Simpson’s scrum-half joins Saracens on loan

LONDON: Gloucester scrum half Joe Simpson (Photo) has joined Saracens on a month-long loan, it was announced on Monday.

The 33-year-old, selected once by England, joined the Saracens’ return to the Premiership on Friday against Bristol.

The Saracens were promoted at the end of last season after the former Premiership and European champions were relegated from England’s top-flight rugby union club the previous season for violating financial regulations.

North London club Saracens have said Simpson will cover the currently suspended Ivan Van Zyl – he was sent off in a pre-season friendly – and Van Zyl’s scrum-half Ruben De Haas, currently in international service with the United States. The Saracens also have Welsh international Aled Davies on the books.

“We are obviously delighted to have the services of such an experienced and high quality player like Joe to increase our options at scrum half in the coming weeks,” said Saracens rugby manager Mark McCall, in a press release.

“We are grateful to Gloucester for allowing this loan transfer to take place.”

Simpson, who made a name for himself at Wasps, where he made 230 appearances, added: “I am extremely excited to have the opportunity to join Saracens on loan.

“They have set the bar, in terms of performance, for all Premiership teams over the past decade and I look forward to meeting everyone and contributing to the club.” – AFP

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