Dec 13, 2013
Saracens announce team to face Zebre
Mark McCall has named his side to face Zebre Rugby in round 4 of the Heineken Cup, as Allianz Park hosts it's first ever European game.
Owen Farrell returns to the side at fly-half, starting his first game in the Saracens No.10 shirt since returning from international duty - he is partnered by 30-year-old scrum-half Richard Wigglesworth in the halves.
Duncan Taylor and Marcelo Bosch partner each other at centre, wearing the 12 & 13 jerseys respectively whilst Alex Goode, Chris Ashton and David Strettle make up the back three.
In the pack, Richard Barrington and James Johnston continue as props and are joined by Jamie George in the front row, with Schalk Brits moving to a bench that includes Mako Vunipola.
Try scorer for a second successive game last weekend George Kruis partners captain Steve Borthwick at lock.
Jacques Burger returns to the fray for the first time after his 36 tackle heroics away at Exeter three weeks ago, with Jackson Wray coming into the side at blindside flanker as Billy Vunipola replaces last week's man of the match Ernst Joubert at No.8.
Saracens Director of Rugby Mark McCall; "If you look at the Zebre squad who we faced last week, in the likes of Marco Bortolami, Quintin Geldenhuys, Mauro Bergamasco, Salvatore Perugini and the familiar face of Kameli Ratuvou, they have players who have vast experience on the domestic and international stage. So we can expect a very competitive match".
Team to face Zebre Rugby at Allianz Park; 15. Alex Goode; 14. Chris Ashton, 13. Marcelo Bosch, 12. Duncan Taylor, 11. David Strettle; 10. Owen Farrell, 9. Richard Wigglesworth; 1. Richard Barrington, 2. Jamie George, 3. James Johnston, 4. Steve Borthwick ©, 5. George Kruis, 6. Jackson Wray, 7. Jacques Burger, 8. Billy Vunipola.
Replacements; 16. Schalk Brits, 17. Mako Vunipola, 18. Matt Stevens, 19. Alastair Hargreaves. 20. Ernst Joubert, 21. Neil de Kock, 22. Charlie Hodgson, 23. Ben Ransom.