Isiekwe praises England duo

08 March 2018 06:18:35 EST

Saracens' Nick Isiekwe says that team-mates Maro Itoje and George Kruis have been a huge help in his development this season.

Despite being just 19, the second-row has become an integral part of the sarries squad, particularly with Itoje spending part of the campaign out injured.

And with both Kruis and Itoje currently on international duty for England, Isiekwe has started regularly over recent weeks.

Although the young lock's progress has been vast, the age-grade star believes that Itoje and Kruis have played a big part.

"Those guys are massive for me," he said. "When I was a little bit younger last year, just being around it and training every week, it was massive for my learning.

"For them to be around and have the knowledge they have, it's helped progress me a little bit further and I'm grateful to those guys. They are real good players and players that people look up to and it's just great to be playing with them."

Isiekwe is also an England international, winning his first cap in Argentina last year, and has been part of the wider Six Nations training group.

He added: "I was surprised at first, but obviously you have to quickly adapt and I just tried to throw myself into it. Every training session, every time I'm around that environment I just try and throw myself into it.

"It's been a really good learning experience, all the coaches have helped me so much and the players have also helped me.

"I'm gaining a lot of knowledge, picking up a lot of stuff from those guys and I'm just going to try and put it into my game."

Sarries are 8/15 to win the Aviva Premiership Grand Final this season, with Wasps 7/1 and Exeter Chiefs 6/4.

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