Saracens - Koch starts as Billy returns to the bench

Apr 27, 2018

Koch starts as Billy returns to the bench

Tighthead prop Vincent Koch will make his long-awaited return from injury on Sunday at London Irish.

The South Africa international is set for his first start since February after being sidelined with an ankle problem.

Koch is one of seven changes to the Saracens side that secured a place in the Aviva Premiership play-offs against Bath last time out.

England duo Jamie George and Maro Itoje come back into the pack with Michael Rhodes selected at six.

In the backs, Alex Goode is reinstated at full-back with Liam Williams moving back to the wing. Ben Spencer and Duncan Taylor also start while number 8 Billy Vunipola has been named on the bench.

Meanwhile, flanker Blair Cowan has been recalled by Irish and will play against Sarries this weekend.

Saracens team to face London Irish (Sarries appearances):

15 Alex Goode (257)
14 Liam Williams (14)
13 Duncan Taylor (113)
12 Brad Barritt (219) 
11 Sean Maitland (38) 
10 Owen Farrell (170) 
9 Ben Spencer (128)
1 Mako Vunipola (140) 
2 Jamie George (192)
3 Vincent Koch (35)
4 Maro Itoje (90)
5 George Kruis (156) 
6 Michael Rhodes (65)
7 Schalk Burger (49)
8 Jackson Wray (197)

16 Schalk Brits (218)
17 Richard Barrington (132)
18 Juan Figallo (86)
19 Nick Isiekwe (31)
20 Billy Vunipola (82)
21 Richard Wigglesworth (206)
22 Alex Lozowski (57)
23 Marcelo Bosch (117)

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