Will Fraser returns from injury to start his first game of the season when Saracens face London Wasps in the Aviva Premiership this Saturday.
With Charlie Hodgson ruled out with injury, Alex Goode moves up from full-back to wear the No.10 shirt, with Owen Farrell moving to the bench. Chris Wyles partners Joel Tomkins at centre, whilst Neil de Kock replaces Richard Wigglesworth at scrum-half. Michael Tagicakibau comes in for David Strettle on the left wing, and Ben Ransom starts at full back.
In the pack, James Johnston starts his first game of the season at tighthead prop, and he is joined by the returning Rhys Gill and Jamie George in the front row. Alastair Hargreaves partners George Kruis at lock, as the returning Fraser starts at openside flanker alongside Jackson Wray and No.8 Ernst Joubert, who will captain the side at Allianz Park; in a new look back row.
Director of Rugby Mark McCall; “We’ve made a good start in the competition, but we are conscious that it’s not about how you start in this competition; it’s about how you finish. All we want to do is to keep on improving week by week and put ourselves in the frame at the end of the season. We will never look too far ahead”.
Saracens Team to face London Wasps;
1.Rhys Gill, 2. Jamie George, 3. James Johnston, 4. Alastair Hargreaves, 5. George Kruis, 6. Jackson Wray, 7. Will Fraser, 8. Ernst Joubert ©; 9. Neil de Kock, 10. Alex Goode; 11. Michael Tagicakibau, 12. Chris Wyles, 13. Joel Tomkins, 14. Chris Ashton; 15. Ben Ransom.
16. Schalk Brits, 17. Mako Vunipola, 18. Petrus Du Plessis, 19. Mouritz Botha, 20. Kelly Brown, 21. Richard Wigglesworth, 22. Owen Farrell, 23. David Strettle.