Sarries lay groundwork for £20m move

SARACENS have laid the first strips of artificial turf at their new 10,000-capacity home in Barnet as they count down to the move from Vicarage Road to £20m Allianz Park in February. The 2011 Aviva Premiership champions are set to become the first professional rugby union club to play their home games on a synthetic surface. City A.M. revealed earlier this year that insurance giant Allianz has agreed a £9m, six-year deal that covers naming rights for the stadium and shirt sponsorship.