Saracens sign Joe Simpson on loan

Saracens director of rugby Mark McCall
Saracens director of rugby Mark McCall

Saracens have confirmed that scrum-half Joe Simpson will join the club on a one-month loan deal ahead of the 2021/22 season.

A product of the Wasps Academy, Simpson made his senior debut with the Ricoh Arena based club in 2006 and went on to rack over 200 appearances for them. He also had a brief loan stint with Blackheath before heading to Gloucester Rugby in 2019.

Having featured for Gloucester 18 times, the 33-year-old will now head to StoneX Stadium as a cover with Ivan Van Zyl serving a suspension while Ruben de Haas is out for international duty.

“I’m hugely excited about being given the opportunity to join Saracens on loan," he told the club's official website.

"They have set the bar, performance wise, for all of the teams in the Premiership over the last decade and I can’t wait to meet everyone and contribute to the club.”

Simpson also represented England in a solitary Test in 2011 and also had represented England Sevens, GB Sevens and England Under 20 sides in the past.

Saracens director of rugby Mark McCall welcomed Simpson to the club and thanked Gloucester for accepting the loan proposal.

“We are obviously delighted to secure the services of such a high quality, experienced player as Joe to increase our options at scrum half in the weeks ahead. We are grateful to Gloucester for enabling this loan move to take place.”

Saracens kick-start their 2021/22 season of the Gallagher Premiership with a clash against Bristol Bears at Ashton Gate on 17th September.