Saracens - Saracens name team to face Bath

Mar 24, 2017

Saracens name team to face Bath


Saracens have named their side to face Bath for Sunday’s round 18 Aviva Premiership clash at Allianz Park, kick-off 15h00.

Full-back Alex Goode returns to the Saracens side after recovering from ankle injury. Goode, who has been out of action since early January, starts at full-back alongside Scotland Six Nations wing Sean Maitland and Chris Ashton in the back-three. At centre, Marcelo Bosch continues to partner skipper Brad Barritt in a familiar looking Sarries midfield.

England Six Nations man Owen Farrell is back in Saracens colours at fly-half and he is partnered by Richard Wigglesworth in the halves.

Up front, England pair Mako Vunipola (loosehead prop) and Jamie George (hooker) return to the Saracens starting line-up alongside Juan Figallo in the Saracens front-row. Maro Itoje comes into the side at lock to join Jim Hamilton, whilst in the back-row Billy Vunipola is named at No8 and is joined by Michale Rhodes (blindside flanker) and Jackson Wray (openside flanker).

In injury news, Schalk Burger misses out with a calf injury whilst Richard Barrington (hand), George Kruis (knee), Will Fraser (back), Ben Spencer (leg) and Chris Wyles (leg) are also unavailable for selection.

Speaking ahead of the game, director of rugby Mark McCall said: “Our focus this week has been preparing to face a Bath team who have enjoyed an impressive season under the stewardship of Todd Blackadder. Bath have quality throughout their squad and with the talent they have at their disposal they will pose a significant challenge.”

Saracens

15 Alex Goode (222)

14 Chris Ashton (110)

13 Marcelo Bosch (90)

12 Brad Barritt (c) (190)

11 Sean Maitland (15)

10 Owen Farrell (145)

9 Richard Wigglesworth (179)

1 Mako Vunipola (113)

2 Jamie George (165)

3 Juan Figallo (56)

4 Maro Itoje (68)

5 Jim Hamilton (68)

6 Michael Rhodes (50)

7 Jackson Wray (165)

8 Billy Vunipola (70)

Replacements

16 Schalk Brits (193)

17 Titi Lamositele (37)

18 Vincent Koch (7)

19 Kelly Brown (151)

20 Joel Conlon (9)

21 Henry Taylor (5)

22 Alex Lozowski (23)

23 Duncan Taylor (96)

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