Maro Itoje signs new Saracens deal in boost to England and Premiership

Maro Itoje in action for Saracens
Maro Itoje has committed his future to Saracens - Getty Images/David Rogers

Maro Itoje has ended any speculation over his future in England by signing a new contract with Saracens.

Itoje spoke last week during England’s training camp in Girona about his plans to reject offers from abroad and continue playing for England, in the wake of former England captain Owen Farrell reaching an agreement to join Racing 92. In those comments, Itoje described playing for his country as “the absolute dream”, and that at “the bare minimum” he wanted to be playing for England at the next Rugby World Cup.

Telegraph Sport revealed back in December that Itoje and Jamie George, the new England captain, were set to remain with Saracens on new contracts boosted by an £160,000 top-up per season from the Rugby Football Union. Saracens have now confirmed that Itoje has been offered “an enhanced [Elite Player Squad] contract from the RFU”.

In the announcement confirming that he would stay at Saracens, where Itoje has been part of five Gallagher Premiership and three Champions Cup title wins, the 29-year-old said: “Saracens is my home and I couldn’t be happier to be staying here. Looking back I am very proud of what we have achieved over the last 10 years and it is the best place for me to keep progressing.”

Mark McCall, Saracens’ director of rugby, added: “Maro has gone from a promising academy prospect to a global figure in rugby. He is a world-class player, but what sets Maro apart is his dedication to his craft; the standard he sets, how he goes about his work -on and off the field- and how this expresses his love for the club and for the game.

“We are delighted he will continue to be at the heart of the Saracens project. We know the best of Maro is yet to come.”

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