Belfast Telegraph

Sunday 21 December 2014

Future bright for Sarries - Venter

Brendan Venter
Brendan Venter

Brendan Venter approaches the end of his Saracens stewardship insisting he will leave the club in rude health.

Venter is to return to his native South Africa for family reasons, relinquishing his post as director of rugby on January 9. The internal reshuffle sees Mark McCall step into his shoes, with Andy Farrell becoming first-team coach.

Venter, who has been given the position of technical director to continue his association with the Aviva Premiership finalists, said: "This club is on the up. There are so many people involved and the important thing is I haven't left the club. Mark has been my right-hand man all along and now the role will just be reversed - I will just be another ear for him."

He continued: "The club is in a really healthy position. This is a top-four club that can compete in all competitions.

"We have a really good side and when it comes to the business end of the season we will be in the running for a trophy.

"Andy has been magnificent as everyone has been here. The club is in really great shape.

"Our goal is to win something this season and I believe we are still on track for that."

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