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Aug 18, 2016

Team News: Saracens name side for Bedford friendly


Saracens have named their side to face Bedford Blues at Goldington Road on Friday evening kick-off 19h45 as the north Londoners begin their preseason campaign away to the Greene King IPA Championship outfit.

Saracens will have three new faces in their starting XV, as Sean Maitland, Alex Lozowski and former Bedford man Mark Flanagan all included.

Scotland international Maitland starts at full-back, with the summer signing from London Irish linking up with Chris Ashton and Mike Ellery in the Sarries back three.

At centre, Nick Tompkins partners Marcelo Bosch whilst in the halves Alex Lozowski and Ben Spencer are named at fly-half and scrum half respectively.

Saracens’ Springbok international Schalk Brits will skipper the side from hooker, and he is joined by Richard Barrington (loosehead) and Juan Figallo (tighthead) in the front row.

Jim Hamilton starts in the number four jersey alongside new recruit Mark Flanagan, with Joel Conlon (openside), Michael Rhodes (blindside) and Jackson Wary (No8) named in the back row.

Speaking about Friday’s clash, director of rugby Mark McCall said: “We’ve had a very productive preseason campaign and we’re looking forward to our first hit-out on Friday night. It’s very important that we have the chance to work on our game ahead of what I believe will be one of the most competitive Aviva Premiership seasons to date.

“With the special relationship we have with Bedford, we’ve faced the Blues in a number of warm-up games over the years. In the past, these fixtures have had a mutual benefit for both club’s and I’m sure Friday’s clash will be no different as we prepare for the upcoming 2016/17 campaign.”

Saracens side to face Bedford Blues

15 Sean Maitland

14 Chris Ashton

13 Marcelo Bosch

12 Nick Tompkins

11 Mike Ellery

10 Alex Lozowski

9 Ben Spencer

1 Richard Barrington

2 Schalk Brits (c)

3 Juan Figallo

4 Jim Hamilton

5 Mark Flanagan

6 Michael Rhodes

7 Joel Conlon

8 Jackson Wray

Replacements

16 Scott Spurling

17 Ralph Adams-Hale

18 Petrus Du Plessis

19 Nick Isiekwe

20 Ben Earl

21 Henry Taylor

22 George Perkins

23 Tom Griffiths

Samu Vunisa*

Max Malins*

Matt Gallagher*

Jack Nay*

Billy Walker*

*blank numbers

 

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