May 30, 2014
Saracens name side for season finale
Saracens have named their team for Saturday’s Aviva Premiership Final against Northampton Saints at Twickenham Stadium, kick-off 15h00.
In his final game of a glittering 16-year career Steve Borthwick will captain Saracens for the final time with the 34-year-old lock named alongside Mouritz Botha in the second-row.
In the front-row, Richard Barrington starts at loosehead prop in place of Mako Vunipola who is ruled out with injury. Barrington is joined by hooker Schalk Brits and Matt Stevens who will also be making his final appearance for the club.
Kelly Brown starts at blindside flanker, with Namibian openside Jacques Burger wearing the No.7 shirt – England back-rower Billy Vunipola starts at No.8.
In the halves, experienced scrum-half Neil de Kock rotates with Richard Wigglesworth to start the game at No.9, the former Springbok international partners Owen Farrell at half-back.
In the midfield, Brad Barritt partners Marcelo Bosch at centre whilst in the back-three, David Strettle and Chris Ashton start on the wings with Alex Goode named at full-back.
Saracens side to face Northampton Saints
15. Alex Goode; 14. Chris Ashton, 13. Marcelo Bosch, 12. Brad Barritt, 11. David Strettle; 10. Owen Farrell, 9. Neil de Kock; 1. Richard Barrington, 2. Schalk Brits, 3. Matt Stevens, 4. Steve Borthwick ©, 5. Mouritz Botha, 6. Kelly Brown, 7. Jacques Burger, 8. Billy Vunipola.
Replacements; 16. Jamie George, 17. Rhys Gill, 18. James Johnston, 19. Alistair Hargreaves, 20. Jackson Wray, 21. Richard Wigglesworth, 22. Charlie Hodgson, 23. Chris Wyles.