“We’re looking forward to getting away and training off-site,” he told the official Saints Podcast. “Hopefully it will get everyone refreshed for what is a big end to the year.
“The last few months guys have been away with international teams and all over the place. It’s a good time for us to get back together and refocus as a group.
“It’s the beginning of a big training week for us and the only thing that’s different is that we are going to be doing our preparations away from Franklin’s Gardens. There will be some down time to enjoy ourselves but the main focus while we are away is Sarries.
“We want to win this game.”
The Saints podcast is a weekly publication compatible across all devices. This week, as well as the full interview with Ma’afu, you can also hear from Alan Dickens, George North and Calum Clark, while exciting hooker Matt Williams talks for the first time.
The pre-Saracens edition will be available for download from Friday morning and, what’s more, it’s FREE for all at www.soundcloud.com/official-saints-rugby!