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  • Premiership Rugby Cup
    Rugby

    Fri 7 Feb

    KO 19H45

    Sale Sharks-logo
    vs
    Saracens Men-logo

    28-7

    Venue: AJ Bell Stadium
    Team News: Sale Sharks vs Saracens Men

Highlights

Goode is back!

  • Alex Goode returns from injury after four months out
  • 17 of the 23 hail from the club’s Academy
  • Tom Whiteley will captain the Men in Black

“We’ve had good results in past Prem Cup games and we’ve just got to back that up this weekend.” – Joel Kpoku

Alex Goode will return to action for the first time in four months for Saracens’ Premiership Rugby Cup semi-final against Sale Sharks on Friday night.

The 31-year-old has been sidelined with a pectoral injury and lines up at fly-half with captain Tom Whiteley named as his half-back partner.

Elliott Obatoyinbo, who made his Premiership debut last time out, Ali Crossdale and Matt Gallagher make up an exciting back three. Dom Morris is paired with experienced Scotland international Duncan Taylor in the midfield.

Locks Callum Hunter-Hill and Joel Kpoku retain their four and five jerseys respectively and Calum Clark is the only other player in the pack to have started against Harlequins last time out. 

He is joined in the back row by Academy duo Sean Reffell and Andy Christie while Titi Lamositele, Tom Woolstencroft and Josh Ibuanokpe form a fresh-looking front row.

On the bench, Academy back rower Ollie Stonham could make his first senior appearance for the club and second row Jon Kpoku is set for his maiden outing of the campaign.

Saracens team to face Sale Sharks in the Premiership Rugby Cup semi-final:

15 Matt Gallagher
14 Ali Crossdale
13 Duncan Taylor
12 Dom Morris
11 Elliott Obatoyinbo
10 Alex Goode
9 Tom Whiteley ©
1 Titi Lamositele
2 Tom Woolstencroft
3 Josh Ibuanokpe
4 Callum Hunter-Hill
5 Joel Kpoku
6 Calum Clark
7 Sean Reffell
8 Andy Christie 

Replacements

16 Kapeli Pifeleti
17 Sam Crean
18 Sam Wainwright
19 Jon Kpoku
20 Ollie Stonham
21 Alex Day
22 Alex Lozowski
23 Rotimi Segun

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