Leicester boss Steve Borthwick aims to haunt former side Saracens

Steve Borthwick aims to haunt the side he once captained as the Leicester coach gets set to welcome Saracens in Premiership Rugby clash… having built the Tigers in his old side’s image

  • Steve Borthwick played for Saracens for a six year spell from 2008 to 2014 
  • He is set to reunite with Saracens on Saturday as the Leicester Tigers coach 
  • The Tigers have started strongly with two consecutive wins this season 

Leicester boss Steve Borthwick will look to haunt Saracens on Saturday – having built the Tigers in his old side’s image. 

The former Sarries captain welcomes his former club to Welford Road on the back of two wins against Exeter and Gloucester.

Saracens are unbeaten, too, having beaten Bristol and coach Mark McCall, who coached Borthwick between 2009 and 2014, said: ‘As a person and a rugby man everybody has the most enormous respect for Steve. 

Steve Borthwick aims to haunt Saracens who he played for from 2008 to 2014 and captained

The Leicester Tigers have started the season strongly with two consecutive victories

‘He was a great captain of our club for a long time and is a great rugby man with a great rugby brain, so it’s no surprise to me the foundations he’s built.

‘It’s clear for everyone to see that their set-piece has improved, their defence and kicking game have improved and the attack, too. 

‘It’s no surprise to see Steve building the foundations he has. They understand how to control territory so we’ll have to be on top of our game.’

Exeter, still without a win, face Sale on Sunday still without Lions Luke Cowan-Dickie, Jonny Hill and Sam Simmonds. But director of rugby Rob Baxter said: ‘I’m not despondent. The biggest thing we’ve got to do is stop looking back and start looking forward.’

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