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Two full European debutants!

  • Max Malins and Joel Kpoku to make their first European starts
  • 20 players in the match day squad are English-qualified
  • Owen Farrell will captain the side

Before last weekend, Saracens’ previous two matches against Munster have been in the semi-finals of Europe. Both wins were in Champions Cup-winning campaigns.

Saracens host Munster at Allianz Park a week after going head-to-head at Thomond Park.

The two sides have played out some really entertaining contests in the Heineken Champions Cup over recent times with Sarries securing spots in the 2016/17 and 2018/19 finals with victories over the Irish province – collecting the trophy on both occasions.

In last season’s semi-final, Mark McCall’s side put in a dominant second-half performance at the Ricoh Arena, a match which saw Mike Rhodes and Billy Vunipola dot down, with Owen Farrell adding 22 points from the boot.

That personal tally took the Saracens fly-half to 82 points against Munster, the most amount scored in the fixture ahead of former Ireland international Ronan O’Gara (67).

Munster have only travelled to Allianz Park once in their history. That came in January 2015 where tries from Chris Ashton (2) and Chris Wyles, alongside four Farrell penalties and three conversions, helped Saracens to a memorable 33-10 win.

Two Saracens youngsters will make their full European debuts when Munster visit Allianz Park on Saturday. 

Max Malins and Joel Kpoku have been named in the starting XV for a Heineken Champions Cup fixture for the first time. 

Academy graduate Malins has had a long road back from injury and starts at full-back and lock Kpoku takes the four jersey after featuring from the bench in all three of Sarries’ 2019/20 pool matches.

The duo are two of 20 players that are English qualified in the Men in Black’s match day 23, with seven England internationals having been at the club for seven or more years. 

Number 8 Billy Vunipola is back in the Saracens fold and partners Ben Earl and Nick Isiekwe in the back row. The two 21-year-olds made their 50th and 75th club appearances respectively last time out.

Mako Vunipola and Jamie George return to the front row alongside 2019 Rugby World Cup winner Vincent Koch while George Kruis links up with Kpoku in the boiler room to complete the changes in the pack.

Fresh from making his 100th outing for Saracens, Alex Lozowski is joined by Nick Tompkins in the centre and inside them will be half-backs Richard Wigglesworth and Owen Farrell – the latter captaining the side.

Elliot Daly switches to the wing for the first time at Allianz Park and Sean Maitland takes a spot on the other flank to complete the back three.

On the bench, Tom Woolstencroft and Calum Clark are back from injury.

Saracens team to face Munster at Allianz Park on Saturday 14th December in the Heineken Champions Cup:

15 Max Malins
14 Sean Maitland
13 Alex Lozowski
12 Nick Tompkins
11 Elliot Daly
10 Owen Farrell (c)
9 Richard Wigglesworth
1 Mako Vunipola
2 Jamie George
3 Vincent Koch
4 Joel Kpoku
5 George Kruis
6 Nick Isiekwe
7 Ben Earl
8 Billy Vunipola

Replacements 

16 Tom Woolstencroft
17 Richard Barrington
18 Josh Ibuanokpe
19 Calum Clark
20 Jackson Wray
21 Ben Spencer
22 Manu Vunipola
23 Duncan Taylor

In Focus | Malins calls for extraordinary work-rate in reverse fixture against Munster

In Focus | Malins calls for extraordinary work-rate in reverse fixture against Munster

Duration 2m

In Focus with Max Malins ahead of Saracens Men's Champions Cup fixture with Munster Rugby at Allianz Park.

A reminder that Saracens vs Munster is SOLD OUT!

Match Day Entertainment

ENTERTAINMENT STARTS 12H30

It’s Foundation Match Day!

Every Season Saracens Sport Foundation, the charitable arm of Sarries, take over a home game at Allianz Park and turn it into a day of fundraising. You can expect a festive fun day full of activities and chances to win some amazing prizes as well as learning more about the Foundation!

Half time entertainment

There will be a very special dance performance from the Saracens Sport Foundation at half time so keep an eye on the pitch!

Mulled wine and mince pies

To get you in the festive mood we will be selling mulled wine and mince pies with all proceeds going to the Saracens Sport Foundation!

#Tweet a beat – from your seat!

Tweet us a beat from your seat and for the lucky winner we’ll play your favourite song across the stadium.

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

Team Comparison - Season Statistics

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Tries
42
 
37
Points
548
 
377
Carries
2168
 
2131
Meters Carried
8495
 
7363
Clean Breaks
130
 
96
Defenders Beaten
277
 
288
Offloads
220
 
175
Passes
2889
 
2868
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