Saracens - Team named to face Harlequins

Mar 22, 2013

Team named to face Harlequins


It’s first against second at Allianz Park as Saracens face Harlequins on Sunday, kick off 2pm, as the Aviva Premiership enters round 18.

A third successive sell-out at Saracens new home sees Alex Goode, Chris Ashton, Brad Barritt, Owen Farrell and Mako Vunipola all return to the starting line-up after Six Nations duty with England while Scotland captain Kelly Brown is also back in the side.

Farrell starts the game at fly-half which sees Charlie Hodgson among the replacements. He is joined on the bench by John Smit, Neil de Kock and Chris Wyles.

Speaking ahead of the game, Director of Rugby Mark McCall said: “Under the guidance Conor O’Shea, Harlequins have been one of the most consistent sides for the past 18 months. It’s a top of the table match and one that everyone connected with the club is looking forward to.

“We welcomed back the international players to the squad this week after international duty and there is a real buzz around the club. The depth of the squad has been tested in the past few months and we have come through that well, giving us competition for places across the pitch. That is exactly what we want.”

Saracens line-up vs Harlequins

15 Alex Goode
14 Chris Ashton
13 Joel Tomkins
12 Brad Barritt
11 David Strettle
10 Owen Farrell
9 Richard Wigglesworth
1 Mako Vunipola
2 Schalk Brits
3 Matt Stevens
4 Steve Borthwick ©
5 Alistair Hargreaves
6 Kelly Brown
7 Will Fraser
8 Ernst Joubert

16 John Smit
17 Rhys Gill*
18 Petrus du Plessis
19 George Kruis
20 Jackson Wray
21 Neil de Kock
22 Charlie Hodgson
23 Chris Wyles

*Please be aware that following this morning's training session, Rhys Gill has replaced Nick Auterac on the replacement's bench.

 

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