Marco Riccioni in action for Italy
Marco Riccioni captained Italy at Under-20 level

Championship club Saracens have agreed a deal to sign Italy prop Marco Riccioni from Pro14 side Benetton.

The 23-year-old tighthead has won 12 international caps and started the Azzurri’s first two games in this year’s Six Nations.

Riccioni will join Sarries ahead of the 2021-22 campaign and has agreed a two-year deal with the north London club.

“There is no question he has the ability to add real value to our club,” director of rugby Mark McCall said.external-link

The 2020-21 Championship season will begin on 6 March, having been delayed because of the coronavirus pandemic.

Riccioni’s signing follows those of South Africa scrum-half Ivan van Zyl and Ruben de Haas, who wears the number nine shirt at international level for the United States.

Saracens were automatically relegated from the Premiership at the end of the last season for breaching salary cap regulations.

There will be no relegation from the top flight this term, but the league will expand to 13 teams in 2021-22, with one team promoted from the Championship.



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