Saracens - Team News: Itoje returns to face Bath

Dec 02, 2016

Team News: Itoje returns to face Bath


Saracens have named their team to face Bath at the Recreational Ground for Saturday’s round ten Aviva Premiership clash, kick-off 12h15.

Maro Itoje is back for Saracens, with the England international making his first appearance since injuring his right hand against Scarlets in October. Itoje, 22, will line-up alongside Jim Hamilton at lock forward with Mike Rhodes reverting to his familiar role of blindside flanker to join Schalk Burger (openside flanker) and Jackson Wray (no8) in the Sarries back row. Elsewhere in the pack, Titi Lamositele starts at loosehead prop with Schalk Brits (hooker) and Juan Figallo (tighthead prop) in the front row.

In the backs, Saracens welcome back Sean Maitland to the squad after his time away with Scotland. Maitland lines up on the right wing and will be joined by Alex Goode (full-back) and Chris Wyles (left wing) in the Saracens back-three.  At centre, Nick Tompkins rotates with Marcelo Bosch to start at outside centre to partner skipper Brad Barritt whilst in the halves, Ben Spencer comes into the side at scrum-half to dovetail with fly-half Alex Lozowski.

Saracens Team to face Bath Rugby

15 Alex Goode (217)

14 Sean Maitland (6)

13 Nick Tompkins (46)

12 Brad Barritt (c) (181)

11 Chris Wyles (217)

10 Alex Lozowski (11)

9 Ben Spencer (84)

1 Titi Lamositele (25)

2 Schalk Brits (181)

3 Juan Figallo (45)

4 Maro Itoje (60)

5 Jim Hamilton (59)

6 Mike Rhodes (38)

7 Schalk Burger (10)

8 Jackson Wray (154)

Replacements

16 Jared Saunders (39)

17 Richard Barrington (94)

18 Vincent Koch (1)

19 Mark Flanagan (4)

20 Kelly Brown (139)

21 Richard Wigglesworth (166)

22 Marcelo Bosch (78)

23 Nathan Earle (7)

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