WYLES PRAISES SARACENS

Winger Chris Wyles has said that Saracens are now showing their attacking side to the game.The Unites States international scored three of Sarries’ eight tries in a win that could not prevent them from going out of the LV= Cup.

“We want to score tries. Sometimes we’re criticised for not scoring enough tries and too much kicking,” the 27-year-old Chris Wyles told BBC Three Counties Radio.

“We are about attack, keeping the ball, running straight and we did that.”

Saracens missed out on a place in the semi-finals because of Newport-Gwent Dragons’ win over Scarlets and now prepare to face Northampton Saints in the Premiership on Saturday.

PENNY RETURNS TO SARACENS

Centre Rodd Penney has returned to Saracens from Aironi. The 32-year-old quit Vicarage Road in September to pursue first-team rugby but is now back at the club he joined from London Irish in 2006.

Penney, who featured 93 times in his first Sarries spell, is available for Saturday’s LV= Cup clash against Llanelli Scarlets.

“We’re delighted to have Rodd back with us,” said Saracens director of rugby Mark McCall.

FARRELL GETS NEW CONTRACT

Owen Farrell was one among the six Saracens player to get new deals. Hooker Jamie George, lock George Kruis, flanker Jackson Wray, scrum-half Luke Baldwin and winger James Short have also signed new deals.

Farrell, 19, will face competition for the number 10 shirt from Charlie Hodgson when he signs in the summer.

“There is no doubt we have a really special group of youngsters,” said director of rugby Mark McCall.

HENSON DESPERATE FOR RETURN

Gavin Henson has said that he is hoping for welsh return after impressing for Saracens. Henson made his comeback as a second-half replacement at outside centre, having spent 21 months out of the game.

“The reason I got back into rugby was to play for my country,” said Henson. “I would love to do it in the Six Nations but time is running out.”

Wales face England on 4 February, with Warren Gatland naming his squad after the Heineken Cup games in mid-January.

VENTER QUITS SARACENS

Brendan Venter has said that he will leave his role as the director of rugby from Saracens. Chairman Nigel Wray said Venter, who joined Sarries in 2009, will become technical director from 9 January.

“Brendan, Anneme and their children are returning to South Africa in January for family reasons,” he explained.

First-team coach Mark McCall will take over Venter’s role, while backs coach Andy Farrell will replace McCall.

SARACENS LOSE TO GLOUCESTER

Saracens were defeated by a good Gloucester, despite having a lot of stars on board. Sarries dominated the opening half with two penalties from Owen Farrell and a converted try by James Short after Gloucester’s Alex Brown was sin-binned.

After the break Nicky Robinson added a penalty to his two first-half strikes before Charlie Sharples scored a sparkling individual try.

Saracens pressed for a winning try but the hosts’ defence just held firm. The result moves the Cherry and Whites above Saracens and into fourth in the table but they had to come back from 10-0 after half-an-hour.

Farrell kicked the visitors ahead before he was hauled down late by Brown – for which the second row saw yellow.