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Owen Farrell setting his sights on more glory with Saracens

By Andrew Baldock

Published 30/05/2016

Driving force: Bangor’s Mark McCall led Saracens to become the first English side for 12 years to land domestic and European titles
Driving force: Bangor’s Mark McCall led Saracens to become the first English side for 12 years to land domestic and European titles

England star Owen Farrell has underlined Saracens' desire to remain the dominant force in English and European club rugby following their double-winning exploits this season.

Bangor man Mark McCall led Saracens to become the first English side since Wasps 12 years ago to land domestic and European titles in the same campaign, as they followed up a Champions Cup triumph against Racing 92 two weeks ago by beating Aviva Premiership final opponents Exeter at Twickenham.

They proved a distance better than the rest in both competitions, while Farrell and several of his Saracens team-mates also played significant roles in helping England win the RBS 6 Nations title and a Grand Slam.

It will be a tough act to follow next term, but Farrell said: "Hopefully, this is just the start for us.

I think we've got a brilliant set of lads that work hard for each other. It's a brilliant place to be to turn up to work every day.

"We get treated very well, and in return we work hard for it. The lads know that and the lads respect that massively.

"We care about ourselves. It is about us and what we believe in and what we do together as a group,and that's why we are where we are. All anyone wants to do is get better. That has been the case this year. Everybody buys into that, and we've had a good season.

"We have just got to make sure that we are up there every year. We've got a brilliant squad, a cracking group of lads that want to get better"

South African World Cup winner Schalk Burger will be added to Saracens' potent squad mix next season, and while they are losing retiring servants Charlie Hodgson and Jacques Burger, turnaround in personnel is minimal, which suggests another powerful tilt at major silverware.

"Hopefully, by the time this group of players that has come through together is older, there will be another group coming through. That's the whole point of it," Farrell added.

"I can only talk about what is happening now and what we want to do now, and that's just to get better. Hopefully, that keeps happening for a long, long time."

Next on Farrell's agenda is an England tour to Australia, with the Wallabies waiting in Brisbane, Melbourne and Sydney next month. "We meet on Monday, and I am sure everyone will turn up ready to rip into that," he said.

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