With the Heineken Champions Cup quarter-finals just around the corner, we are taking an in-depth look at all eight sides who will be competing for a spot in the showpiece final in October and today it is Saracens’ turn to come under the microscope.
Saracens had a difficult path to the quarter-finals from Pool 4, having been blown away 30-10 by Racing 92 in Round 1 in Paris. They bounced back with three wins in their next four matches before bagging the No.8 seeding and final last-eight spot with a dramatic 27-24 win over Racing at Allianz Park despite being a man light for 50 minutes.
Several Saracens have committed their long-term future to the club, none bigger than fly-half Owen Farrell and lock Maro Itoje, both former EPCR European Player of the Year winners. Former Newcastle Falcons centre Juan Pablo Socino has also joined Saracens and flanker Mike Rhodes – who scored a try in last season’s semi-final – has signed a further contract extension.
Saracens have an outstanding recent record in Heineken Champions Cup quarter-finals, winning six of their last seven. Prior to 2012/13, though, they made the last eight just twice and lost one of those quarter-finals.
Sarries have been the form club in Europe since 2014/15, winning the Heineken Champions Cup three out of four times, with their only failure coming in 2017/18, when they lost to Leinster Rugby in the quarter-finals. They also appeared in the 2014 final, but went down 23-6 to RC Toulon.