Saracens Recruit Versatile Backrow Janco Venter

Published by Christie Gilmartin1st July 2020
Saracens new signing Janco Venter

Saracens have recruited another former Jersey Reds player, as Janco Venter joins Alec Clarey in the squad. The Namibia International has spent the last two seasons with the Championship outfit. Venter and fellow new recruit Alec Clarey, helped the Reds to their highest ever finish of fourth, in the Championship. At just 25 years old, Venter has a huge amount of potential and room to grow. Saracens have snapped up another promising talent from the Championship.

Janco Venter has 28 Namibia caps to his name and has featured in both the 2015 England and 2019 Japan World Cups. The former Stellenbosch University and Western Province man can operate anywhere across the backrow. His versatility will be vital, as Sarries traverse the tough path of the Greene King IPA Championship rugby season.

Rhys Carre Departs

In other news, at Saracens, Rhys Carre will be returning to his former club Cardiff Blues. The Loosehead Prop returns to Cardiff Arms Park after just one season in London. He featured just the five times for saracens but made major strides on the International scene, with Wales. Carre made his Wales debut last summer and went on to features in five World Cup matches in Japan.

The talented young prop managed 19 appearances in his first spell for the welsh club. He made his debut in an Anglo-Welsh Cup game in 2017, and the club had very high hopes for him. He will now return home to continue his development and will hope to secure the Wales Number 1 shirt. Carre will be joined in Cardiff by fellow new recruits Cory Hill (Dragons) and Sam Moore (Sale Sharks).

What They Said:

Janco Venter:

“This is a little bit of a dream come true,”

“When I first came over to the U.K. a couple of years ago it was always with the dream and the ambition to play in a Premiership side and Saracens were at the top of the list.

“I can’t explain to you how excited I am to have the opportunity to keep developing myself. I think there’s no better place to be than Saracens to do that.

“The way everything is set up they want the player to be the best he can be and having played for Namibia, having had a taste for that higher level and being able to embrace your talents, I think I’m looking forward to that the most.”

Saracens’ Director Of Rugby, Mark McCall:

“We have been watching Janco’s progress over the last few seasons and are looking forward to welcoming him to the club.

“His potential is very exciting and we firmly believe his best days lie in the future. As a club we are extremely confident that we can help Janco take his game to new levels.”

Director of Rugby Mark McCall, on Rhys Carre’s departure:

“Rhys is a young player with incredible potential and he made a very positive impact in his short time with us.

“We’re sad to see him go but understand fully why a move back to Wales was necessary. We wish him all the best at Cardiff Blues.”

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