Saracens - Farrell and B.Vuinpola named England vice-captains as 6 Saracens set to face Scotland

Feb 04, 2016

Farrell and B.Vuinpola named England vice-captains as 6 Saracens set to face Scotland


Eddie Jones has named an experienced starting 15 for England’s RBS 6 Nations opener against Scotland at Murrayfield (kick-off 4.50pm, live on BBC 1).

Six Saracens players have been included, with Owen Farrell, George Kruis and Billy Vunipola named to start. Jamie George, Mako Vunipola and Alex Goode are named as replacements. Maro Itoje has also travelled to Edinburgh as injury cover.

Debutants Jack Clifford (Harlequins), Paul Hill (Northampton Saints) and Ollie Devoto (Bath Rugby) are named as replacements. Elsewhere George Ford (Bath Rugby) starts at fly half with Danny Care (Harlequins) at scrum half. Saracens’ Owen Farrell wears the number 12 shirt.

Harlequins’ Chris Robshaw starts at blind-side flanker, James Haskell (Wasps) is installed at open-side with Billy Vunipola at No 8.

England head coach Eddie Jones said: “There were some tight calls on selection, but we have picked a match-day squad with a blend of experience and youth.

“The boys have worked hard since coming into camp to understand how I want the team to play going forward. We have prepared well and I am pleased with the progress the group has made in the short time we’ve had together.

“We are indebted to the work Stuart Lancaster has done over last four years. I have inherited a talented and highly motivated group of players.

“We are confident we can go to Edinburgh and win, but we’re in no doubt it will be a huge challenge. Playing at Murrayfield in front of a passionate Scottish crowd will be a real test for this team but one I know we can rise to.

“We have named three vice captains in Owen Farrell, Billy Vunipola and Mike Brown who will support Dylan Hartley with his leadership responsibilities.”  

England match-day 23 to face Scotland

15 Mike Brown (vice captain, Harlequins, 43 caps) 

14 Anthony Watson (Bath Rugby, 15 caps)

13 Jonathan Joseph (Bath Rugby, 16 caps)

12 Owen Farrell (vice captain, Saracens, 35 caps)

11 Jack Nowell (Exeter Chiefs, 10 caps)

10 George Ford (Bath Rugby, 17 caps)

9 Danny Care (Harlequins, 53 caps)

 

1 Joe Marler (Harlequins, 37 caps)

2 Dylan Hartley (captain, Northampton Saints, 66 caps)

3 Dan Cole (Leicester Tigers, 56 caps)

4 Joe Launchbury (Wasps, 28 caps)

5 George Kruis (Saracens, 10 caps)

6 Chris Robshaw (Harlequins, 43 caps)

7 James Haskell (Wasps, 62 caps)

8 Billy Vunipola (vice captain, Saracens, 21 caps)

 

Replacements

 

16 Jamie George (Saracens, 3 caps)

17 Mako Vunipola (Saracens, 27 caps) 

18 Paul Hill (Northampton Saints, uncapped)

19 Courtney Lawes (Northampton Saints, 42 caps)

20 Jack Clifford (Harlequins, uncapped)

21 Ben Youngs (Leicester Tigers, 52 caps)

22 Alex Goode (Saracens, 19 caps)

23 Ollie Devoto (Bath Rugby, uncapped)

Saracens Academy pipped at the post away to London Irish

A spirited Saracens Academy side were defeated by Southern Conference leaders London Irish at Hazlewood over the weekend, with the Exiles edging Sarries 27-24.

The defending Premiership Academy champions ran the in-form Exiles close in a contest high in quality and drama, with Irish kicking a late penalty to snatch the win.

Three tries, one from the impressive loose forward Ben Earl and one-a-piece from lock forward Joel Kpoku and playmaker Tom Ffitch.

Speaking after his side’s loss, Academy Manager Don Barrell praised Saracens’ spirit but was left to rue a few missed chances after the game.

“The team played well in the main,” said Barrell whose side now sits third in the Southern Conference after six games. “We had good energy and worked hard to pressure Irish across the board but we missed a few chances to take points and score in the match. We should have moved to a bigger margin, but in fairness to them they defended well.

“It was a great game of U18 rugby which both sides played in great spirit, and we can take a lot away from a disappointing result but a positive performance on the whole.”

Saracens ran into a 0-7 lead after Ben Earl’s score, only for the Exiles’ Matt Williams to dance through the Saracens defence to score to draw the game.

Sarries edged in front with a penalty goal but Irish hit back with their second try of the game.

Yet, Barrell’s side to their credit hit back with two tries of their own through Kpoku and Ffitch, but in a topsy-turvy contest an Exiles response was never too far away as two scores from the home side levelled things up at 24-all.

With the game in its dying embers, Irish were awarded a penalty, which they kicked to break Sarries hearts.

FT: London Irish Academy 27 Saracens Academy 24

Saracens Academy: 15 Will Kaye; 14 Alex Gilham, 13 Oli Morris, 12 Nick Ramsey, 11 Elliot Obatoyinbo; 10 Tom Ffitch, 9 Alex Glickstein; 1 Taylor Reed, 2 Harrison King, 3 Seb Brownhill; 4 Joel Kpoku, 5 Zach Conley; 6 Jack Nay, 7 Sean Reffell, 8 Ben Earl.

Replacements: 16 Billy Young, 17 Andy Christie, 18 James Gallagher, 19 Sid Holland, 20 Oscar Furneaux, 21 James Elms, 22 Jack Longhurst, 23 Reuben Bird-Tullock

Academy pipped at the post away to London Irish

A spirited Saracens Academy side were defeated by Southern Conference leaders London Irish at Hazlewood over the weekend, with the Exiles edging Sarries 27-24.

The defending Premiership Academy champions ran the in-form Exiles close in a contest high in quality and drama, with Irish kicking a late penalty to snatch the win.

Three tries, one from the impressive loose forward Ben Earl and one-a-piece from lock forward Joel Kpoku and playmaker Tom Ffitch.

Speaking after his side’s loss, Academy Manager Don Barrell praised Saracens’ spirit but was left to rue a few missed chances after the game.

“The team played well in the main,” said Barrell whose side now sits third in the Southern Conference after six games. “We had good energy and worked hard to pressure Irish across the board but we missed a few chances to take points and score in the match. We should have moved to a bigger margin, but in fairness to them they defended well.

“It was a great game of U18 rugby which both sides played in great spirit, and we can take a lot away from a disappointing result but a positive performance on the whole.”

Saracens ran into a 0-7 lead after Ben Earl’s score, only for the Exiles’ Matt Williams to dance through the Saracens defence to score to draw the game.

Sarries edged in front with a penalty goal but Irish hit back with their second try of the game.

Yet, Barrell’s side to their credit hit back with two tries of their own through Kpoku and Ffitch, but in a topsy-turvy contest an Exiles response was never too far away as two scores from the home side levelled things up at 24-all.

With the game in its dying embers, Irish were awarded a penalty, which they kicked to break Sarries hearts.

FT: London Irish Academy 27 Saracens Academy 24

Saracens Academy: 15 Will Kaye; 14 Alex Gilham, 13 Oli Morris, 12 Nick Ramsey, 11 Elliot Obatoyinbo; 10 Tom Ffitch, 9 Alex Glickstein; 1 Taylor Reed, 2 Harrison King, 3 Seb Brownhill; 4 Joel Kpoku, 5 Zach Conley; 6 Jack Nay, 7 Sean Reffell, 8 Ben Earl.

Replacements: 16 Billy Young, 17 Andy Christie, 18 James Gallagher, 19 Sid Holland, 20 Oscar Furneaux, 21 James Elms, 22 Jack Longhurst, 23 Reuben Bird-Tullock

Du Plessis was superb, and I’m not sure how he wasn’t Man of the Match, as to scrummage that way against Marcos Ayerza takes some doing. I thought he was brilliant today." - See more at: http://www.saracens.com/news-article/mccall-hails-pack-performance-after-tigers-result#sthash.tZ9etc1v.dpuf

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