Jamie George hungry for more Saracens RFC silverware this season
PUBLISHED: 12:52 30 September 2016 | UPDATED: 15:44 03 October 2016
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Jamie George experienced European and domestic glory with Saracens last season and the Welwyn Garden City-born hooker claims that those incredible highs have only made him hungrier to replicate the feeling this year.
George, who was today (Friday) named in England’s 45-man elite squad ahead of the Autumn internationals, was a key cog as Sarries lifted both the Aviva Premiership Rugby and European Rugby Champions Cup trophies in the space of a fortnight – becoming the first English club to do so since Wasps in 2004.
Mark McCall’s men then strengthened their squad over the summer as the likes of Schalk Burger, Sean Maitland and Alex Lozowski were all added to the mix.
They started their domestic title defence strongly with bonus-point victories over Worcester Warriors and Exeter Chiefs, but while they lost last time out to Harlequins, George insists there is more to come from Saracens.
“The goal for us is always improvement,” said George, speaking at the launch of this year’s Aviva Community Fund alongside team-mates Owen Farrell and Schalk Burger.
“We did have a great year last year but we’ve strengthened the squad and the squad has got tighter.
“The nice thing is that nobody is resting on their laurels – you can’t do that in professional sport.
“Everyone is desperate to achieve those memories again and keep getting better day on day.
“The best times of our sporting careers were in that changing room after winning trophies and you just want to replicate that as many times as you can.
“That’s something that is driving me personally – I’m desperate to win more. But we realise there’s a lot of hard work to come first but we can’t look too far into the future.
“We have to keep developing every week as a team.”
The Aviva Community Fund is a nationwide initiative that lends a helping hand to local communities by offering support and funding for inspirational local causes, clubs and projects.
It has already benefited over 320,000 people, through 431 winning projects across the UK, and this year, local grassroots sports clubs can apply or reapply for funding in a new, sport-specific category.
And George says the memories he accumulated at the grassroots level of the game will live with him for a long time.
“I first went down to Hertford Rugby Club, which was my local club,” added the front-rower. “I remember vividly my Dad taking me down when I was about five years old and the thing I remember most fondly is the enjoyment I had.
“You learn the laws of the game and the skills but the most important thing is the connections I made with the people there.
“I’m still in touch with a lot of people at Hertford – they are friendships and memories I’ll have for a lifetime.”
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