Kevin Barrett making his mark with Saracens

Kevin Barrett (right) with fly-half Alex Lozowski following Saracens' victory in the European Cup.

A man with family connections to Mitchelstown is making a name for himself as strength and conditioning coach at current European Champions Saracens.

Kevin Barrett is a son of Mary Barrett and the late Mark Barrett from Ballyarthur, Mitchelstown.

As a player he was renowned for his competitive nature and pace. The former scrum-half began his career at London Irish before making the move to Exeter.

Kevin spent five seasons at Sandy Park before moving to Saracens in 2009, when along with fellow recruits Michale Horak, Carlo Nieto, Richard Skuse and Michael Tagicakibau, he joined the Men in Black for the upcoming 2009/10 Premiership season.

During that season, he was a member of the victorious side that beat the Springboks at Wembley Stadium and a year later he captained the club to the 2010 JP Morgan 7s title.

Kevin has built a reputation as one of the best strength and conditioning coaches in the game.