Saracens and England star Matt Stevens reigns pie and mighty

ONLY in the world of rugby would four elite sportsman take on the challenge of a pie-eating contest, in the name of good PR.

And that is what four Saracens players did this week when they took part in their own version of man versus food.

The players scoffed Laverstock pies, which will be sold at the team’s new north London stadium, Allianz Park.

Champion pie-eater Matt Stevens, who swallowed his buffalo and gravy pie in one minute and 22 seconds, said: “It’s a massive achievement and I know that the guys will be envious of this trophy. Though I'd recommend eating it a little slower than I just did.”

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