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Jan 13, 2017

Team News: Saracens name side for Scarlets trip


Saracens have named their side to face Scarlets for Sunday’s European Rugby Champions Cup clash at Parc y Scarlets, kick-off 13h00.

Chris Wyles will make his 50th European appearance of his career as the Men in Black chase their place in the quarter-finals for a sixth successive season and set a record of 14 successive wins in Europe’s premier club rugby competition.  Chris Ashton returns to the side after recovering from a head-knock whilst Alex Lozowski starts of the full-back in the place of Alex Goode who is ruled out of the game with an ankle injury.

At centre, with Brad Barritt suspended for three-weeks Nick Tompkins comes into the side to make his 50th Saracens appearance. Tompkins, who was Man of the Match in the corresponding fixture against the Scarlets in round two back in October 2016, is partnered by Marcelo Bosch in the Sarries midfield.

In the halves, Owen Farrell assumes the captaincy in Barritt’s absence, and is joined by Richard Wigglesworth, who starts at scrum-half.

Richard Barrington continues at loosehead prop alongside Schalk Brits and Juan Figallo in the front row, with Maro Itoje continuing to partner Jim Hamilton at lock as Mark McCall names an unchanged tight-five from the side who drew against Exeter Chiefs. McCall’s only change to his pack that battled so heroically against the Chiefs is Schalk Burger coming into the side at openside flanker in the place of Kelly Brown in the back-row. Jackson Wray continues at No8 with Saracens top-tackler of the Champions Cup this season Michael Rhodes (38 tackles) named at blindside flanker.

Speaking ahead of the game, director of rugby Mark McCall said: “It has been a good campaign for us so far, 18 points from the first four games took a lot of doing and we understand the importance and the significance of the game in terms of getting us what we want which is a home quarter-final.

“Whether 22 points will be enough I am not sure, it might not be and then the Toulon game the week after becomes all the more important.”

Saracens team to face Scarlets

15 Alex Lozowski (16)

14 Chris Ashton (104)

13 Marcelo Bosch (84)

12 Nick Tompkins (49)

11 Chris Wyles (222)

10 Owen Farrell (c) (142)

9 Richard Wigglesworth (171)

1 Richard Barrington (100)

2 Schalk Brits (187)

3 Juan Figallo (50)

4 Maro Itoje (66)

5 Jim Hamilton (62)

6 Michael Rhodes (44)

7 Schalk Burger (16)

8 Jackson Wray (159)

Replacements

16 Jamie George (163)

17 Titi Lamositele (29)

18 Vincent Koch (5)

19 Will Skelton (5)

20 Kelly Brown (144)

21 Ben Spencer (90)

22 Tim Streather (27)

23 Sean Maitland (12)

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