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Sarries sign Thiel

Saracens have signed US Eagles hooker Phil Thiel as short-term cover for Schalk Brits, who is on Rugby Championship duty with South Africa.

The 29-year-old makes the switch from USA outfit Life University Running Eagles, and boasts 22 caps.

A member of the USA's 2011 Rugby World Cup squad, Thiel spent a season at Forest of Dean club Cinderford in 2005.

Former Gloucester captain Andy Deacon helped Thiel learn his front-row trade at the Dockham Road club, before winning his first international cap in 2009.

Thiel joins compatriots Titi Lamositele, Hayden Smith, Chris Wyles and Thretton Palamo at Saracens.

Free-running hooker Brits will be tied up with the southern hemisphere international challenge until October, so could miss Saracens' first five matches of the new Aviva Premiership campaign.


From Belfast Telegraph