Nov 01, 2013
Hodgson named in squad to face Falcons
Saracens have named their squad to take on Newcastle Falcons at Allianz Park in round seven of the Aviva Premiership this Sunday, kick-off 15h00.
Charlie Hodgson makes his first start of the season - the 32 year-old has recovered from an Achilles injury to partner former Springbok scrum-half Neil de Kock, in what is an experienced halfback pairing for Saracens.
Argentine international Marcelo Bosch is named at outside centre, to make his full debut for the club - Bosch partners the versatile Chris Wyles in the Sarries midfield, with David Strettle, Michael Tagicakibau and Alex Goode in the back three.
Jackson Wray and Will Fraser replace Kelly Brown and Jacques Burger in the back row, whilst Ernst Joubert keeps his place at No.8.
Mouritz Botha partners captain Steve Borthwick at lock, and Jamie George comes in for the Schalk Brits at hooker.
Richard Barrington continues at loosehead prop, with British and Irish Lion Matt Stevens on the opposite side of the scrum at tighthead.
Chris Ashton, Owen Farrell, Joel Tomkins, Billy Vunipola and Mako Vunipola are all away on international duty with England.
Mark McCall; “Newcastle are very competitive with some familiar faces within their side. They will be well organised and have players capable of quickly changing games, so we will have to be fully focused on our own performance levels to get the result we want”.
Saracens starting XV vs Newcastle Falcons.
15. Alex Goode; 14. Michael Tagicakibau, 13. Marcelo Bosch, 12. Chris Wyles, 11. David Strettle; 10. Charlie Hodgson, 9. Neil de Kock; 1. Richard Barrington, 2. Jamie George, 3. Matt Stevens, 4. Steve Borthwick ©, 5. Mouritz Botha, 6. Jackson Wray, 7. Will Fraser, 8. Ernst Joubert.
16. Schalk Brits, 17. Nick Auterac, 18. Petrus Du Plessis, 19. George Kruis, 20. Jacques Burger, 21. Richard Wigglesworth, 22. Duncan Taylor, 23. Ben Ransom.