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SIMON TAYLOR UPDATE

Gunners forward to play for Saracens



Simon Taylor will make his first start for nearly a year after being named in the starting line up for Saracens as they take on Super 12 outfit The Cats at Vicarage Road on Wednesday 9th February - kick off 7.45pm.

British Lions No.8 Taylor, who played for 20 minutes in the other Men In Black's victory at Northampton Saints on Saturday, is on loan at Vicarage Road for a week.

Taylor (Edinburgh Rugby), who won his 35th cap when he damaged his knee against Ireland in last March's RBS 6 Nations Championship, underwent surgery and has worked diligently on his rehab programme and is now ready to resume playing.

SRU Director of Rugby Ian McGeechan said: "Firstly we're delighted that Simon is ready to return to match action and alongside the national management team we are keen to see him back in contention for Scotland duty as soon as possible.

"Obviously if Edinburgh Rugby had had any fixture either this weekend or next then that would have given him the opportunity to get matches under his belt. But, as there are no Celtic League fixtures over the next fortnight and, as professional players cannot play for clubs in the BT Premiership, we have looked further afield and have agreed a temporary loan with Saracens."

The loan is for one week from tomorrow (Thursday 3 February) and will mean that Taylor has a chance of playing in Saracens' away fixture against Northampton Saints on Saturday (5 February) and in a friendly against South African Super 12 side The Cats on Wednesday 9 February.

Taylor said: "I'm very excited just to be playing again in quite strange circumstances. I'm ready to go but I'd caution against expecting miracles."

Saracens Director of Rugby Steve Diamond said: "We are delighted to be able to offer Simon his introduction back to top-class rugby after his unfortunate injury. We wish him all the best and hope he can be ready to return to the international arena soon."