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Schalk Brits tips fellow Saracens hooker Jamie George to play at 2015 World Cup and captain England in the future
Schalk Brits says he has bet one of his friends £100 that fellow Saracens hooker Jamie George will play for England at the 2015 World Cup and is backing the youngster to captain his country in the future.
Highly-rated George has played behind Brits for almost four years now at Sarries and has had to be patient in waiting for his opportunity in the Men in Black's starting XV.
Brits was serving a three-week ban at the start of the season and George took full advantage of his mentor's absence, scoring two tries in the first match of the season against London Irish.
When asked how far he thinks George can go in the game, Brits said: "It’s funny you mention Jamie because I’m still pushing him as hard as I can.
"I put a bet with a friend of mine two or three years ago when I got to Saracens – I said to him, 'this kid will play for England at the next World Cup'.
"I put a £100 on it and I said that at the World Cup after that he is going to be captain.
"Jamie's an unbelievable character, not just as a rugby player but he's a great person.
"I don’t want to big him up too much, he might get a big head and I try to help him stay humble but he’s a top rugby player and a top bloke."
George is expected to be rotated into the starting team for the match against London Wasps on Saturday and Brits believes the 22-year-old can continue his early-season form.
"As you can see, he got his opportunity in the first two games and he played amazingly and he’ll get more games with the rotation policy," Brits said.
"It’s just a pleasure being a teammate of his. The hard work and the effort he puts in as an individual is really good and his work ethic is amazing.
"He's a very good player now and I've got no doubt Jamie is going to be an amazing player in the future."
Sarries are four points clear at the top of the table having won all of their opening matches of the season.
The Men in Black's latest victory was arguably the most impressive of the campign so far, beating Harlequins 22-12 at the Stoop.
"We’re getting there and we’re working hard and the results have gone our way so far," Brits added.
"But it’s a long season and it’s just a matter of making the most of the run we’re on at the moment."
For the Times Series' full interview with Schalk Brits click here.
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