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  • London Irish return to Allianz Park
    Irish are back for the first time since October 2017
    Gallagher Premiership
    Rugby

    Sat 2 Nov

    KO 15H00

    Saracens Men-logo
    vs
    London Irish-logo

    16-13

    Venue: Allianz Park

Highlights

LONDON IRISH RETURN TO ALLIANZ PARK

  • Mark McCall’s men welcome recently-promoted London Irish to Allianz Park, a side who last visited north London in October 2017.

Alex Goode has scored an average of 5.8 points in his last six matches against London Irish.

Saracens take on London Irish in their second Gallagher Premiership home match of the 2019/20 season!

Mark McCall’s men welcome the recently-promoted Exiles to Allianz Park, a side who last visited north London in October 2017.

Sarries and England fly-half Owen Farrell collected 19 points on that afternoon with Mako Vunipola, Liam Williams, Chris Wyles and Nathan Earle (2) crossing in an emphatic 44-13 win.

Alex Lewington and Tom Woolstencroft could be in line to face their ex-club for the first time with the former having proved a nuisance in green against the Men in Black over the years.

Irish kicked off their campaign with victory on the road at Wasps. Ex-Sarrie Blair Cowan was on target as were Albert Tuisue and Oliver Hassell-Collins while Paddy Jackson was successful with four penalties and a conversion.

In Focus | Richard Wigglesworth hoping to channel World Cup hype into a Sarries double

In Focus | Richard Wigglesworth hoping to channel World Cup hype into a Sarries double

Duration 2m

In Focus ahead of London Irish with Richard Wigglesworth.

Saracens have made three changes to their starting XV for the visit of London Irish in Round 3 of the Gallagher Premiership.

Following his first competitive club appearance for 19 months, Duncan Taylor starts at 12. His last start in the league for the Men in Black came in January 2018 at Wasps.

Rotimi Segun is reinstated on the wing searching for his maiden Premiership try and partners Sean Maitland and Matt Gallagher in the back.

Scrum-half Richard Wigglesworth continues alongside Manu Vunipola in the half-back positions. It was proved the difference in age between the two (16 years 330 days) is the largest gap of any half-back duo in professional English rugby history.

In the forwards, Callum Hunter-Hill earns the five shirt while Nick Isiekwe moves on to the flank with two-try hero from last time out Ben Earl on the other side of the scrum.

Academy back rower Sean Reffell is fit again after being knocked out in the Premiership Rugby Cup match against Northampton Saints and is named as a replacement.

In total, 14 of the match day 23 hail from the club’s Academy.

Brad Barritt, Alex Goode, Mike Rhodes, Max Malins, Kapeli Pifeleti and Juan Figallo are unavailable for Saturday’s match due to injury. Josh Ibuanokpe remains suspended.

Saracens team to take on London Irish at Allianz Park on Saturday 2nd November (KO 15H00):

15 Matt Gallagher (39)
14 Sean Maitland (64)
13 Alex Lozowski (95)
12 Duncan Taylor (115)
11 Rotimi Segun (18)
10 Manu Vunipola (9)
9 Richard Wigglesworth (233)
1 Richard Barrington (175)
2 Tom Woolstencroft (25)
3 Titi Lamositele (77)
4 Will Skelton (64)
5 Callum Hunter-Hill (6)
6 Nick Isiekwe (69)
7 Ben Earl (44)
8 Jackson Wray © (229)

16 Joe Gray (16)
17 Ralph Adams-Hale (15)
18 Sam Wainwright (5)
19 Joel Kpoku (15)
20 Sean Reffell (12)
21 Tom Whiteley (35)
22 Nick Tompkins (107)
23 Alex Lewington (33)

Saracens caps in brackets

Richard Wigglesworth is hopeful of an England-Saracens double this weekend.

Match Day Entertainment

ENTERTAINMENT STARTS 12H30

Fireworks (on and off the pitch)

Get behind the Men in Black as they look to continue their 2019/20 campaign at Allianz Park.

See Sarrie The Camel

Take on Sarrie the camel for the opportunity to win prizes!

Free flags

Saracens flags will be available so you can cheer on the team. Let’s show our support and make some noise!

Join the Saracens Sport Foundation and the SSA

Join the Saracens Sport Foundation and the SSA as they launch their partnership of Sarrie’s Track Club. Find us behind the North Stand!

Run on the pitch

We invite everyone to experience our cutting edge 4G pitch after the final whistle. The only premium sports stadium in London that lets you run out on the 1st team pitch whilst the teams are warming down so don’t forget your ball!

Live music

Head to The Oasis (Saracens fan zone) behind the North Stand to listen to live music with the rest of the Saracens family pre and post match!

Directions

To Allianz Park Stadium

Please note that there are road closures that may affect your journey to the game.

Transport For London have said: “From 22:00 on Friday 1 until 05:00 on Monday 4 November, the A406 will be closed eastbound at the Angel Road flyover, with one lane closure westbound. This is for safety work. During the works, all main approach roads and surrounding local roads will be extremely busy. Significant delays are expected. Using the M25 may mean a quicker journey for trips across London. Consider alternatives to driving. Using London Overground or National Rail services will be one of the best ways to travel to and from the area. If you have to drive, allow more time for your journey. Local access will be maintained via the slip roads.”

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