USA fullback Chris Wyles says his club, Saracens, wants to make a serious run at the Heineken Cup.
The reigning Aviva Premiership champs, who boast two Eagles, Wyles and Hayden Smith, as regulars, won their opening Heineken Cup match Sunday 42-17 over Benetton Treviso. Wyles scored a try in that match, and Smith started at lock and played all 80 minutes.
“The bonus point win against Treviso was a great start for us,” Wyles told RUGBYMag.com. “As a club we are putting huge emphasis on Europe this year. We were unhappy with our campaign last season and we feel we have something to prove this time around.”
After getting some time off post World Cup, Wyles is healthy and happy to be back in the #15 jersey.
“Personally I really enjoyed starting at fullback but to be honest I am happy to play wherever they want me to play,” he said. “It’s always good dotting down as well! Both Hayden and I are in good positions at the club and of course hope we can be central figures in their plans. The main thing is that we are both loving our rugby at Saracens.”
Saracens now look ahead to next week’s game with Takudzwa Ngwenya and Biarritz. Also in their pool are Welsh team the Ospreys, run by former USA Head Coach Scott Johnson.
It’s a tough pool, but Wyles said the mood in Saracens is that they want to win in Europe.
“Two years ago many people would have said that we had little chance of winning a Premiership and we did that, so I see absolutely no reason why we shouldn't aspire to win the Heineken Cup,” said the former USA 7s team captain. “I believe we have a great squad that is capable of this.”