European Champions Cup

Saracens are like the Manchester United 'Class of '92' - chairman

Saracens chairman Nigel Wray compared Mark McCall's European Champions Cup-winning squad to Manchester United's famous 'Class of '92'.

An Owen Farrell kicking masterclass saw Saracens win the competition for the first time with a 21-9 victory over Racing 92 at Grand Stade de Lyon on Saturday.

Farrell, along with George Kruis, Will Fraser, Jamie George and Jackson Wray all graduated from the club's academy in 2008, while Mako Vunipola and Maro Itoje also came through the youth system.

Wray believes Saracens' core of English players is similar to that of United, who saw the likes of David Beckham, Ryan Giggs, Paul Scholes and Gary Neville roll off the production line in a remarkable era of glory. 

And the chairman believes Saracens can sustain their recent success for several years to come.

"What's really interesting is like Manchester United's 'Class of '92', there's half a dozen of them – the Class of 2008 – who have all come through together and have now all played in a European final," Wray said. 

"Plus other guys, the Maros et cetera. It's what we can do in the next few years, that’s exciting. 

"People forget that we've got 17 English players. What's exciting is that they can go for the next five years."

However, Wray admits humility will be a big factor in being able to achieve that level of success.

"We have to work at being humble and keeping their feet on the ground," he added. 

"One of my favourite characters is Icarus [from Greek mythology]. When he flew too close to the sun, the gods burned his wings and he came crashing to earth.

"I don't think anybody survives arrogance. But we're all human beings and our feet do float off the ground and think we are bloody marvellous. 

"We just have to get them on to the ground as quickly as possible."