Ankle rehab going well as Adams-Hale eyes return
Ralph Adams-Hale’s involvement in senior rugby at Saracens has been a rollercoaster since his October 2018 debut in the Premiership Rugby Cup.
The Academy graduate came on as a replacement for his first Premiership outing against Wasps five weeks later and in the spring crossed for his maiden try on the road at Bristol Bears.
“Rehab is going well and I’m really looking forward to playing again.”
His progression led to an appearance in the Premiership final, in which he played an important part in Sean Maitland’s late game-changing score.
“It was amazing to be breaking through and getting into those big games and starting to get regular first-team appearances,” the 23-year-old said.
“The club is set up well to bring you in and develop you as a rugby player. They make sure they aren’t rushing you into anything, they make sure you have everything locked down and sorted and then they’ll bring you in when they know you’re ready.
“I really felt like I had a lot of momentum behind me and I was just developing really well as a rugby player.”
The momentum from his Twickenham run-out carried into the 2019/20 campaign where he featured six times in the opening seven matches.
However, a serious ankle injury against Gloucester led to the former England Under-20 man’s season being curtailed.
Following a number of operations, Adams-Hale is making progress as he continues his rehabilitation and after signing a contract extension, his hunger for returning to the training pitch and playing for Saracens again has intensified.
“I think it gets more when you’re stuck in the gym; you just want to be out on the pitch playing rugby, it’s much more enjoyable!” he said.
“Sadly, the injury did somewhat stop that which was frustrating to say the least, but the rehab is going well and I’m really looking forward to playing again.
“Lockdown has allowed me to really focus on my rehab and not miss as many games. It almost feels like there’s that big focus to really build the squad again, build some team unity, bring everyone back together and focus on the rest of this season before looking forward to the Championship which hopefully I’ll be back in time for.
“I want to push to be a key part of the squad that gets us back to the Premiership.”