A European first for Obatoyinbo!

  • European debut for Elliott Obatoyinbo
  • 13 Academy products in the 23
  • Jack Singleton, George Kruis and Nick Tompkins all return to the starting XV

“We’re looking forward to taking this group down to Ospreys and putting in a Saracens performance.” – Will Skelton

Elliott Obatoyinbo will make his Heineken Champions Cup debut when Saracens take on Ospreys at the Liberty Stadium on Saturday.

The Senior Academy speedster has featured six times for the Men in Black’s first team, scoring against Wasps in the Premiership Rugby Cup this term, and will add to that number from full-back.

Scotland international Sean Maitland joins Obatoyinbo in the back three after missing Sarries’ 62-5 victory over Worcester Warriors last time out and Nick Tompkins returns to partner Alex Lozowski in the centre.

Named in England Under-20s’ 2020 squad, Manu Vunipola slots back in at fly-half to complete the backline changes.

Prop Rhys Carre has been named at loosehead for his first club outing back on home soil following his switch Saracens and another summer recruit in Jack Singleton takes his place at hooker.

In the boiler room, George Kruis links up with Will Skelton while the back row has two fresh faces in Calum Clark and Jackson Wray. The latter will captain the side in Wales.

The bench is made up of five Academy products. Rotimi Segun scored twice last time out against Ospreys and Ali Crossdale could make his European bow.

Saracens team to face Ospreys in the Heineken Champions Cup at the Liberty Stadium (KO 13H00):

15 Elliott Obatoyinbo
14 Sean Maitland
13 Alex Lozowski
12 Nick Tompkins
11 Alex Lewington
10 Manu Vunipola
9 Richard Wigglesworth
1 Rhys Carre
2 Jack Singleton
3 Titi Lamositele
4 Will Skelton
5 George Kruis
6 Nick Isiekwe
7 Calum Clark
8 Jackson Wray ©  


16 Tom Woolstencroft
17 Richard Barrington
18 Vincent Koch
19 Joel Kpoku
20 Sean Reffell
21 Tom Whiteley
22 Rotimi Segun
23 Ali Crossdale

Last Time Out: Saracens 44-3 Ospreys, November 2019

Defending champions Saracens returned to winning ways in the Heineken Champions Cup with a bonus-point victory over Ospreys in Pool 4.

Sarries, who were beaten by Racing 92 in their opening game, led 23-3 at the interval after tries by Jack Singleton, Alex Lewington and Rotimi Segun.

Winger Segun added a second to secure the bonus point after the break before a Richard Barrington try. Sarries were also rewarded a penalty try.

James Hook kicked Ospreys’ three points from their solitary penalty in range.

Tries: Singleton, Segun (2), Lewington, Penalty, Barrington
Cons: Vunipola (3)
Pens: Daly, Vunipola


To Liberty Stadium