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Last Updated: Sunday, 3 August, 2003, 13:07 GMT 14:07 UK
Randell joins Saracens
New Zealand rugby player Taine Randell
Randell will join Saracens for pre-season training in August
Former All Black captain Taine Randell has confirmed he will play for Saracens for the next two years.

The 28-year-old has given up hope of making the New Zealand World Cup squad, which is named next month.

"I'm very excited about the next phase of my career and can't wait to get settled in at the club," said Randell who will begin pre-season training with his new club in August.

"I know how ambitious the club is and I am looking forward to playing my part in getting the club back to where they belong.

"The Zurich Premiership has become one of the toughest leagues in the world and I'm looking forward to this new challenge."

Saracens had been in discussions with the player last month, but Randell delayed announcing his move until it became clear that he would not feature in the World Cup.

Saracens' chief executive Mark Sinderberry was delighted with the capture of the loose forward.

He has great leadership skills after leading both his province and country
Mark Sinderberry
Saracens' chief executive
"We're naturally very pleased to confirm Taine's signature," said Sinderberry.

"And we're delighted that he has decided to begin the next phase of his career at the club.

"Not only does he bring a wealth of experience both on and off the field, he also has great leadership skills after leading both his province and country.

"Taine's signature brings an end to activity in the transfer market and we're now confident that we have a squad that can take the club forwards over the next few seasons."

Randell is the seventh player brought in by Sinderberry.

Australian Rod Kafer moved from Leicester to be the club's backs coach, while Argentine international Emiliano Bergamaschi, Frenchman Raphael Ibanez, Alex Codling, Simon Raiwalui and Andy Kershaw have also joined.

Randell first led the All Blacks as a 21-year-old in South Africa in 1996 before captaining them in the 1999 World Cup.

After being dropped following the side's semi-final defeat to France, he returned to lead the All Blacks on the European tour last year but has not featured in recent All Black squads.

Despite the player signings Saracens have yet to name a coach to replace Wayne Shelford.

ACT Brumbies forwards coach Laurie Fisher turned the job down, while former Wallabies coach Rod MacQueen was also linked with the post but ruled himself out of the running.




SEE ALSO
Fisher rejects Saracens
10 Jul 03  |  English
Shelford leaves Saracens
26 Jun 03  |  English


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