Wigglesworth says Saracens will be up for Euro clash despite relegation turmoil

England rugby star Richard Wigglesworth has warned Leinster against underestimating Saracens when their Champions Cup quarter-final is eventually played.

The scrum-half yesterday extended his contract with the Londoners in order to finish the season and bolster their European title defence.

His current deal expires on Wednesday and he put pen to paper on the day Sarries’ last-eight clash in Dublin was rescheduled for the weekend of September 18-20.

Wigglesworth said: “I’ve got what I wanted which is to stay and finish my time at the club in the right way.

“We don’t yet know what rugby is going to look like beyond that, do we? So I’ll take my time with my next move.

“But to get this sorted on the day the Cup dates are confirmed is great. We’re playing the best team this season by a country mile in their own backyard and it’s a huge challenge."

Leinster will go into the game as warm favourites, given the turmoil at Saracens with players departing in numbers ahead of their enforced relegation for breach of the salary cap.

Wigglesworth said: “All the talk at the moment is about players leaving and how different our squad will look come September, but we’ll have enough quality to give it a real crack.

"You only have to look at the personalities still involved and what gets them going, to know that."

The Champions Cup semi-finals are booked for Sept 25-27 with the final in Marseille on Oct 17 providing travel restrictions are lifted by the French authorities.

Meanwhile, an Oct 10 target date for the Premiership final has left English club chiefs weighing up whether to play midweek matches or drop up to four rounds from the league schedule, which still has nine to go.

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