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Stevens makes Saracens return

Saracens' England international Matt Stevens made his comeback from a two-year ban on Monday, in a low-key match.

Stevens played for Sarries' A team in their match against Old Albanians in St Albans - the prop's first action since he picked up the ban for failing a drugs test in December 2008.

The 28-year-old, capped 32 times by England, played approximately an hour of the contest and could figure for Saracens in Saturday's LV= Cup match against Scarlets.

Stevens told Sky Sports News: "I wanted to get back on the field after being pulled off...I can't wait to play as much rugby as I can."

On the punishment, he added: "I've said it was a good thing that happened to me, it's something I've learned from. If you can learn from your mistakes, all the better."

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