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  • Gallagher Premiership
    Rugby

    Sat 19 Oct

    KO 15H00

    Saracens Men-logo
    vs
    Northampton Saints-logo

    25-27

    Venue: Allianz Park
    Sarries welcome Saints to North London
    The first Premiership home game of the season

Highlights

THE FIRST HOME PREMIERSHIP GAME OF THE SEASON

  • A packed Allianz Park expected for the first Premiership game of the season
  • Northampton finished 4th in the league last season

“It’ll be nice to get back to our home stadium for the first game and get that atmosphere going.” – Alex Lozowski

Saracens Men will kick-off the 2019/20 Gallagher Premiership season at Allianz Park against Northampton Saints.

It will be the first time in four years Sarries have hosted an opening day fixture in north London after matches on the road at Twickenham and Newcastle Falcons.

“It’ll be nice to get back to our home stadium for the first game and get that atmosphere going,” centre Alex Lozowski said.

“Hopefully we’ll put on a good display to give them something to get behind.”

Since September 2017, Saracens and Saints have faced each other seven times in all competitions, with Mark McCall’s side accumulating 320 points.

Northampton made a late surge for the play-offs last campaign and Lozowski is expecting them to build on their strong finish.

“They had a brilliant season last season and gave Exeter a really tough game in the semi-final,” he said.

“We know what they’re capable of and they will obviously be looking to make improvements on last season so it’s going to be a really tough first game but from our point of view to get back to Allianz Park after what would have been a long pre-season, playing our first game in front of our home fans is really exciting.”

In Focus | Alex Lewington on Saints test on Premiership return

In Focus | Alex Lewington on Saints test on Premiership return

Duration 2m

In Focus with Alex Lewington ahead of Round 1 of the Gallagher Premiership.

Saracens kick-off the 2019/20 Gallagher Premiership season against Northampton Saints with 11 of the starting XV having come through the Academy.

Performances in the Premiership Rugby Cup have led to several of the club’s young players deserving their opportunity at the beginning of the campaign.

Rotimi Segun, who scored for four tries in the competition, and Ralph Adams-Hale earn just their second Premiership starts while Kapeli Pifeleti will make his first league outing from hooker when Saints visit Allianz Park on Saturday.

Prop Titi Lamositele began all of USA’s 2019 Rugby World Cup pool matches, completing 80 minutes against England, and returns to partner Adams-Hale and Pifeleti in the front row.

The locks and back row remain unchanged from Sarries’ win over Harlequins last time out as does the half-back pairing of Ben Spencer and Alex Goode with the latter captaining the side as he edges closer to 300 appearances for the Men in Black.

Alex Lozowski created both of Saracens’ tries in his last match at Allianz Park and joins Nick Tompkins in the midfield. The 24-year-old also crossed for four scores in the Cup including a hat-trick against this weekend’s opponents.

On the bench, Academy trio Sam Wainwright, Callum Hunter-Hill (on loan from Edinburgh) and Elliott Obatoyinbo will make their Premiership bow should they enter the fray.

Brad Barritt, Juan Figallo, Mike Rhodes, Dom Morris, Tom Woolstencroft and Max Malins are unavailable for the fixture due to injury while Josh Ibuanokpe is suspended.

Saracens team to play Northampton Saints at Allianz Park on Saturday 19th October (KO 15H00):

15 Matt Gallagher (37)
14 Rotimi Segun (16)
13 Alex Lozowski (93)
12 Nick Tompkins (105)
11 Alex Lewington (31)
10 Alex Goode © (292)
9 Ben Spencer (159)
1 Ralph Adams-Hale (13)
2 Kapeli Pifeleti (4)
3 Titi Lamositele (75)
4 Will Skelton (62)
5 Nick Isiekwe (67)
6 Calum Clark (42)
7 Ben Earl (42)
8 Jackson Wray (227)

16 Joe Gray (14)
17 Richard Barrington (173)
18 Sam Wainwright (4)
19 Joel Kpoku (14)
20 Callum Hunter-Hill (4)
21 Tom Whiteley (34)
22 Manu Vunipola (8)
23 Elliott Obatoyinbo (6)

Saracens caps in brackets

This club prides itself on being in the finals and semi-finals of the Premiership and this week it’s our job to get that off to a good start.” – Alex Lewington

Match Day Entertainment

ENTERTAINMENT STARTS 12H30

Fireworks (on and off the pitch)

Catch the boys in action as they look to kick off their 2019/20 Gallagher Premiership campaign against Northampton Saints.

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!

#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

vs

Tries
4
 
8
Points
49
 
62
Carries
237
 
208
Meters Carried
718
 
711
Clean Breaks
10
 
19
Defenders Beaten
43
 
40
Offloads
9
 
9
Passes
276
 
250
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