Saracens player converts for foreign currency specialist AFEX

TRADERS at foreign currency specialists AFEX were surprised on Wednesday when two men in shorts – Saracens players Chris Wyles and Brad Barritt – were spotted roaming the office.

England and Saracens centre Barritt, while not a first-choice kicker for either side, managed to make a flawless conversion at the launch of the firm’s online foreign currency payment business AFEXDirect.

“The guys were going crazy over the dollar jumping against the yen. I’m pretty certain that had nothing to do with me,” said Barritt.

His verdict? “It was a lot of fun but six screens is a bit much.”

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