Jack Singleton called up by England for opening Six Nations test
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Jack Singleton has been drafted into the England squad for the build-up to their opening Six Nations game with France.
The Harpenden hooker replaces Exeter Chiefs' Luke Cowan-Dickie who has departed the camp for family reasons.
He was originally left out by head coach despite having played a part in England's run to the World Cup final.
The 23-year-old heads to international duty having just paid a sentimental visit to where it all began for him at Harpenden Rugby Club.
He was there as part of a Saracens Sports Foundation mixed ability rugby event and it gave him another chance to look at the state-of-the-art pitch now used at the Redbourn Lane ground, a far cry from his time as a junior at the club.
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"The grass pitch was always good but we were never allowed to use it," he laughed.
"We used to come on a Thursday and we'd train down on one of the pitches in the corner just so we didn't ruin any for the weekend.
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"So having this 4G pitch is awesome. It's great for the club and the community to have."
Singleton is back on home turf after re-joining Sarries from Worcester in the summer and he has found the transition a lot easier than it could have been.
He said: "It's great being back here at the rugby club and back in Harpenden in general. It's been fairly seamless moving back to Saracens as I knew a lot of the guys from before and through England."