- Championship newcomers sign former Saracens and Wasps wing
- Haughton featured in both England Saxons and Sevens squads
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With less than five weeks to go until the start of the new season, Championship newcomers Jersey announced the signing of England 'A' and Sevens international Richard Haughton from Saracens last month.
The 31-year-old wing spent a decade at the Premiership club before moving in 2010 to London Wasps, where he played for two seasons.
He played for the England Saxons, the national ‘A’ side, in the 2006 Churchill Cup tournament, making two appearances and scoring a try. He was also a fixture in the England Sevens squad for several seasons, playing in 31 tournaments on the International Rugby Board circuit and scoring 106 tries. He won a silver medal in the 2006 Commonwealth Games.
In his club career, Haughton made around 170 first-team appearances for Saracens, scoring 44 tries, and had a further 59 outings at Wasps, including eight tries. His last appearance was in Wasps’ final game of 2011/12, when the club successfully avoided relegation at the expense of Newcastle Falcons, who Jersey will meet in the Championship this season.
He impressed me with his enthusiasm - Harvey
“Richard has played rugby at a high level, and he impressed me with his enthusiasm for joining Jersey for an exciting first season of Championship rugby,” said Director of Rugby Ben Harvey. “Although he has connections here through his wife’s family, this was first and foremost a rugby decision for Richard, enabling him to take the next step in his career.
“As well as playing a full part on the field, I also anticipate that he will be able to pass on his experience from Premiership, Heineken Cup and international rugby to the younger, less-experienced members of the squad.”
The new signing is expected to be seen in action for the first time in two pre-season friendly matches: Leicester Tigers on August 11, and Loughborough Students on August 25. Jersey’s Championship season begins with a home match against the Cornish Pirates on September 1.