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Saracens statement: 'Character' Barrington is leaving for France

By Kim Ekin
(Photo by David Rogers/Getty Images)

Saracens have confirmed that Richard Barrington, their long-serving loosehead, will leave at the end of the 2021/22 Gallagher Premiership season and will head to France to link up with Agen the Pro D2.

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A Saracens statement on the departure of Barrington read: “The loosehead, who has made 220 appearances for the Men in Black in his nine-year spell in North London has been a huge part of the success both domestically and on the European front. 

“The 31-year-old played in all four of the successful Premiership finals at Twickenham, and also won three European Cups to add to his incredible record at Saracens. 

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“His character has played a huge part both on and off the pitch, and his victory songs in the changing room have become legendary, being viewed all around the world. He will head to France next season to join Agen in an exciting move for the front-rower.”

Barrington said: “I have loved every minute of my time here and have made life-long memories with some amazing people. Both on and off the pitch it has been a true honour to be in the company of everyone here, and I’m looking forward to making it a successful end to the season.”

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Saracens director of rugby Mark McCall added: “Richard embodies everything that is good about Saracens and perhaps about the game itself. More than his rugby, which has been of the highest quality at some of the club’s biggest moments, he is a character. His infectious personality and love for people have been central to the ethos of the club

“He is an original. Our club – and the game – is better for having people like him. We want to thank him for all he has done for Saracens and wish him all the best for his new adventure in France.”

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