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Wallabies lock Will Skelton is heading to Saracens

Skelton has signed a short-term deal with the English champions which will begin with immediate effect.

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SARACENS HAVE BOLSTERED their second-row options with the signing of Waraths and Australia lock Will Skelton.

The 24-year-old will join the English champions on a short-term loan deal with immediate effect, although the length of his tenure with the north London club hasn’t been specified.

“We’re delighted to be able to bring a player of Will’s calibre into the group. He is an immensely talented rugby player with vast experience for a 24-year old tight-five forward,” said Saracens Director of Rugby Mark McCall, who lost South African lock Alistair Hargreaves to retirement in October.

“It’s no secret that we have been running low on a few bodies in the second-row department but we made it very clear that we wouldn’t compromise on quality when looking to add to our squad. In Will, we have a player who will certainly have an important role to play in our group over the next few months.”

Skelton has been capped 18 times by the Wallabies. He captained the side against the French Barbarians during their recent tour of the northern hemisphere but was later left out of the matchday squad for their defeats to Ireland and England.

Saracens say Skelton will be available for their Aviva Premiership, Anglo-Welsh Cup and European Champions Cup games during the duration of his short-term deal at Allianz Park.

The club are currently a point clear of Wasps at the top of the Aviva Premiership. They play Sale Sharks at home on Saturday in the European Champions Cup.

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