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Most of the furniture in David Strettle's French home has already been sold on eBay — although one prized possession still remains.

'I'm going have to sell it,' says the winger, steering his Harley-Davidson back into the garage. 'There's nowhere to store it in St Albans and I'm not sure what Smally would say if I rocked up at training on a motorbike!'

Listening in, his wife Phoebe, pregnant with their second child, adds: 'I'm not sure it's the best thing to drive two kids around on, either!'

David Strettle is set to sell is Harley-Davidson bike as he prepares for a return to England

David Strettle is set to sell is Harley-Davidson bike as he prepares for a return to England

Boxes are already being packed for their return to London, where Strettle will be reunited with Mark 'Smally' McCall at Saracens.

He will leave behind the laissez-faire French lifestyle for one final flourish with the European champions — and possibly an outside shot at the World Cup.

'It was my cousin, Matty Hennessey, the old media officer, who called me to ask if I'd go back,' says Strettle. 'Next thing, Smally's on the phone and it was a no-brainer. Everything just fell into place. Clermont needed to meet their French academy quota for young players and Saracens were offering me a move back.

'You're so well looked after at Saracens and that's a luxury because I don't want to just pick up a pay cheque. I want to play in big games. I can go back there and play for three more years.

'Could I do that in a mid-division French club? I'm not sure. It's different in France: you get your two-hour lunch break, clock off at five and have three bottles of wine or go for a blast on the bike.'

The books on Strettle's coffee table provide insight into French life: a restaurant guide, a costume hardback and Great Motorcycle Tours of Europe.

Strettle will return to former club Saracens in the summer after three years with Clermont

Strettle will return to former club Saracens in the summer after three years with Clermont

Even Clermont's moves are named after the local lakes which the likes of Aurelien Rougerie visit on road trips on their days off.

'It took Nick Abendanon a while to work out the lake theme,' he says with a laugh, sitting in his living room which overlooks the city's gothic-black cathedral from the hillside. 'He's been here for five years but he doesn't get out much!'

This summer, Strettle will return to the St Albans home he has rented out for the last three years.

Since leaving, he has won the Top 14 title, married Phoebe, had his first child and received private acclaim from Eddie Jones for his performances. 'Eddie called me a while ago now to give me a pat on the back and that meant a lot to me,' says Strettle. 'I had closed the door on England when I left in 2015 and he didn't have to do that.

The winger is excited to return to Saracens where he hopes to get another three years

The winger is excited to return to Saracens where he hopes to get another three years

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