Jun 07, 2013
Farrell, Stevens and Vunipola to face Reds
Saracens will have ten players on International duty around the globe, with players involved in games in Brisbane, Durban, Houston, Osaka, and Salta this weekend.
Saracens’ Lions trio of Owen Farrell, Matt Stevens and Mako Vunipola will all be starting for the British and Irish Lions when they face the Queensland Reds at Brisbane’s Suncorp Stadium on Saturday.
Matt Stevens will be starting his first game of the tour at tight head prop, whilst his Sarries teammate Mako Vunipola will start on the opposite side of the scrum in an all English front row including Leicester’s Tom Youngs.
Mako Vunipola now starts against the Reds, after moving up from the bench to replace Gethin Jenkins who was originally named to start the test; Jenkins is struggling with a calf injury.
Away from the Lions, Saracens' winger David Strettle starts for England against Argentina in Salta. Strettle has been named by Stuart Lancaster on the left wing for Saturday’s game, whilst his Saracens' teammate Richard Wigglesworth starts from the bench.
Soon to be Sarrie, Billy Vunipola, is also in the match day 23, and is named on the bench along with Wigglesworth.
Over to Durban; where Sarries back-rower Kelly Brown captains Scotland on what will be his 31st birthday this Saturday.
In what will be their first test of their South-African tour, Scotland will be up against Samoa at Durban’s Kings Park. Saracens' promising three-quarter Duncan Taylor could also feature in what would be his first cap, as he is named on the bench.
Elsewhere, Rhys Gill could add to his three Welsh caps this weekend, as the Saracens loose-head has been named on the Wales bench for their game in Osaka against Japan.
Across the opposite side of the globe to Gill, Chris Wyles will be in action for the US Eagles who play Ireland in Houston. The Saracens three-quarter starts for Mike Tolkin’s men from full-back at the BBVA Compass Stadium.