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Maro Itoje commits long-term future to Saracens

Saracens talisman Maro Itoje has signed a new three-and-a-half year contract to commit his future to the reigning Premiership champions.

Itoje has established his presence in the Saracens pack since progressing through the club’s academy to make his debut in 2014, amassing more than 100 senior appearances.

Less than six months remained on the lock’s previous contract, but he will now stay at Allianz Park where he has won three Premiership titles and two Champions Cups.

“Saracens is delighted to announce Maro Itoje has committed his future to the club,’ read a statement on their official website.

“I’m really pleased to be staying on at Saracens,” Itoje added. “I’ve been at the club for 10 years now so I’m really excited to see what the future holds for this great team.”

Marked as a future captain of his country, the 24-year-old was part of England’s Six Nations triumphs in 2016 and 2017.

Itoje has won 29 caps and starred for the British & Irish Lions on their tour of New Zealand in 2017.

Saracens director of rugby Mark McCall revealed his desire to continue working with Itoje with his new contract running until 2022.

“Every time there has been a new challenge, he has risen to it,” said director of rugby Mark McCall.

“He is an incredible player but his consistency around the training ground is the most impressive thing. He comes in every day wanting to improve.

“Every training session, he sets an incredible example vocally and with his actions,” he told BBC Radio London.

“He is the kind of person you want around your club and is a great example to our younger players.”

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