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Billericay Rugby Club get chance to play at Saracens' Allianz Park home
BILLERICAY have switched their RFU Junior Vase clash against Old Gravesendians to Saracens’ Allianz Park home on Saturday.
The clash has been postponed two weeks running because of a waterlogged pitch at their Stock Road base.
But, with the team now just three wins away from a Twickenham final, Billericay’s first team coach Andy Goldsmith is delighted to have been able to move the match to a Premiership venue.
“To play at a ground like the one Saracens have is going to be fantastic and everybody is really excited about getting this opportunity,” said Goldsmith.
“We’re playing at 10am before Saracens Academy have a game to play, so the lads are not quite so keen at having to meet up at 7.30am but it’s a big game wherever it’s played so we’re all really fired up to do well and get the win.”
Billericay are currently enjoying a season to remember as they also top the Essex One table by four points.
However, their sights are also set on playing at the world famous home of English rugby for the third time in recent succession.
And they are particularly keen to see off Old Gravesendians after they refused to play last weekend.
“I had been working on the pitch for three days, rolling it and spiking it, so when their players turned up and said it was unplayable I wasn’t best pleased,” said Goldsmith.
“We were actually quite annoyed with how they behaved so we’re even more fired up than before to beat them now.”
The winners of the clash will travel to Seaford next weekend in the area semi-final and Goldsmith is just relieved to know that the game will definitely be going ahead, due to Saracens’ 3G pitch.
“We were worried that the fixture might have to be forfeited, especially as all the local 3G pitches are booked up for about three weeks now so we’re very grateful to be playing,” said Goldsmith.
“We were able to organise it via the county team and it will be a great day for everyone at the club.
“But we want to make it even more memorable by winning the match as well.”