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Milestone centres!

  • Brad Barritt will make his 250th Saracens appearance against Munster
  • Alex Lozowski will join the 100 Club
  • Kapeli Pifeleti and Max Malins return from injury

“This weekend is just another incredible opportunity to make another memory.” – Brad Barritt

Brad Barritt will make his 250th Saracens appearance when the Men in Black take on Munster in the Heineken Champions Cup this weekend.

The 33-year-old has been the cornerstone of the Sarries defence for almost 12 years, making his club debut against Gloucester in November 2008.

Since then the Sarries captain has appeared in 63 European games and became only the second skipper to lift the blue-riband tournament’s trophy on three occasions in May 2018.

Barritt is named in a backline that has five changes from the team that secured victory at Bath last time out.

Centre partner Alex Lozowski also has a landmark outing to look forward to; the England international is set to join the Saracens 100 Club at Thomond Park.

Signing from Wasps ahead of the 2016/17 season, Lozowski has established himself as a key figure in the Wolfpack midfield, and has two European honours to his name.

Rotimi Segun returns outside him on the right flank after scoring twice in the last round in the victory over Ospreys and the speedster will line up in the back three alongside fellow Academy graduate Matt Gallagher.

A fresh-looking half-back pairing of Ben Spencer and Manu Vunipola will look to control proceedings in Limerick and in front of them they have four new additions to the pack.

Richard Barrington and Jack Singleton are back in the front row role and Maro Itoje switches to lock to accommodate Nick Isiekwe on the blindside. Jackson Wray and Ben Earl complete the back row.

On the bench, Kapeli Pifeleti (knee) and Max Malins (foot) have recovered from long-term injuries with the latter included in a match day 23 for the first time this season.

Saracens team to face Munster at Thomond Park in the Heineken Champions Cup (KO 17H30):

15 Matt Gallagher
14 Rotimi Segun
13 Alex Lozowski
12 Brad Barritt ©
11 Alex Lewington
10 Manu Vunipola
9 Ben Spencer
1 Richard Barrington
2 Jack Singleton
3 Titi Lamositele
4 Will Skelton
5 Maro Itoje
6 Nick Isiekwe
7 Ben Earl
8 Jackson Wray

Replacements

16 Kapeli Pifeleti
17 Rhys Carre
18 Josh Ibuanokpe
19 Joel Kpoku
20 Sean Reffell
21 Tom Whiteley
22 Max Malins
23 Nick Tompkins

Throwback: Munster 10-26 Saracens, 2017

Defending champions Saracens survived a first-half examination from Munster before taking control to reach a third Champions Cup final in four years.

Munster dominated the first half but somehow trailed 6-3 at the break, Tyler Bleyendaal landing one penalty to two from Owen Farrell.

A converted Mako Vunipola try saw Saracens start to pull away.

And, with Farrell landing his shots at goal for a 100% record, a Chris Wyles try saw them home with some ease.

Tries: M.Vunipola, Wyles
Cons: Farrell (2)
Pens: Farrell (4)

Directions

To Thomond Park

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