Brian Smith, the Director of Rugby of the Aviva Premiership Rugby Union club the London Irish has stated that neither he nor his coaching staff has any interest in emulating the route taken by Saracens FC to glory as he attempts to ring in the changes at the club this season.
The boss man at the London club has insisted that the club has nothing of note to learn from the champions of 2011, which are their opponents on the opening day of the 2012/13 season of the Aviva Premiership in a double header at Twickenham Stoop.
After spending years in the wilderness, Saracens FC finally reached the Promised Land when they were crowned champions of the Aviva Premiership for the first time in 2011 and reached the playoff stages last season as well.
However, according to Smith, Saracens FC will play their kick chase and admitted that they are an extremely efficient side. He, however, added that the London Irish has no intention of becoming the next Saracens FC and their belief lies in playing attacking and open rugby.
Smith stated that The Exiles has played in the playoff final for the Aviva Premiership as well as in the semi final of Heineken Cup and the club managed to achieve that playing in the way of The Irish. He went on to state that the club has no intention whatsoever to replicate Saracens FC and if the club did want to emulate a side, it would be the current Aviva Premiership champions Harlequins FC.
According to Smith, the London Irish would love to reach the playoff finals at the end of the season and play with the heart and desire that Harlequins FC displayed in last season’s final, which saw them capturing their first ever Premiership title when they beat the Leicester Tigers.