Will Skelton gives up Wallabies for permanent shift to Saracens

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Defending Aviva Premiership and Champions Cup title holders Saracens have announced the signing of Wallabies second-row Will Skelton on a two-year deal.

The 24-year old made eight appearances for Saracens during a short-term stint at Allianz Park earlier this season, and has opted to return to the North London club once he finishes his Super Rugby commitments with the Sydney based Waratahs.

The shift north halts any chance of Skelton adding to his 18 caps for Australia in the foreseeable future.

"We're absolutely delighted that Will is returning," Director of rugby Mark McCall said on the Saracens website.

"In a very short space of time here his contribution to the side was superb, he showed a real appetite to improve his game and he was very popular among all the players and staff."

Skelton admits it was a really big decision and one that he hasn't taken lightly.

"It's not easy leaving the Waratahs and the Wallabies -- Darryl Gibson and Michael Cheika have been fantastic for my career so far and I want to thank them for everything they have done for me, on and off the field.

"Not being able to pull on the gold jersey while I am playing in England has made the decision especially difficult, but this is about family as much as it is football.

"One day I'd love to play for Australia again and if that opportunity comes up I will give everything I've got for my country."