Saracens star brings rugby to the City’s heart

SARACENS caused a stir in the City again last night when the high-flying rugby team returned to the Honourable Artillery Club for a glitzy pre-season friendly against French stars Stade Francais.

The 2011 Premiership champions won 61-17, with England winger Chris Ashton scoring a hat-trick.

But it wasn’t just the rugby getting tongues wagging. The St Albans-based outfit also piqued interest with the launch of their Tulip Club high-end hospitality venture.

The Tulip Club, whose logo appeared on the players’ shirts in yesterday’s match, will be housed in Saracens’ new £20m Allianz Stadium in north London, which is due to open in February.

Saracens and former England forward Hugh Vyvyan, who is running the Tulip Club, told the Capitalist: “After eight years playing at the highest level of English rugby I’m excited about my move into developing Saracens off the pitch.

“The Tulip Club is an exclusive networking club combining the camaraderie of rugby and business with the most luxurious matchday experience in sport. We aim to be at the heart of the City.”

Saracens has also agreed a tie-up with sports supplements makers Optimum Nutrition.