Sep 05, 2014
Saracens name side for season opener
Saracens have named their side to face Wasps at Twickenham on Saturday in round one of the Aviva Premiership, kick-off 14h00.
Alistair Hargreaves skippers Saracens in his first Premiership game as club captain and is joined by George Kruis at lock forward.
In the front row, summer signing Kieran Longbottom makes his competitive debut for the club at tighthead prop, and is joined by Jamie George and Richard Barrington.
Will Fraser makes a welcome return to the side at openside flanker in the back row as Kelly Brown and Billy Vunipola start at blindside flanker and No.8 respectively.
Richard Wigglesworth and Charlie Hodgson partner each other at half-back, with Brad Barritt and Duncan Taylor named at centre. In the back three, David Strettle starts on the left wing alongside Chris Ashton (right wing) and Alex Goode (full-back).
Saracens team to face Wasps:
15. Alex Goode; 14. Chris Ashton, 13. Duncan Taylor, 12. Brad Barritt, 11. David Strettle 10. Charlie Hodgson, 9. Richard Wigglesworth; 1. Richard Barrington, 2. Jamie George, 3. Kieran Longbottom, 4. George Kruis, 5. Alistair Hargreaves ©, 6. Kelly Brown, 7. Will Fraser, 8. Billy Vunipola.
Replacements; 16. Scott Spurling, 17. Rhys Gill, 18. Petrus Du Plessis, 19. Jim Hamilton, 20. Jackson Wray, 21. Ben Spencer, 22. Owen Farrell, 23. Tim Streather.