Aug 31, 2016
Match Preview: Saracens v Worcester
14 weeks after Saracens lifted the Aviva Premiership trophy the men in black will return to Twickenham Stadium as the new season kicks off with the London Double Header.
Ahead of the game we took a look at all the key stats and facts in our match preview.
Worcester Warriors ended last season with four consecutive defeats but started off that campaign strongly, defeating Northampton Saints at home and ended the season 10th in the table. This season the Warriors have bid farewell to Director of Rugby Dean Ryan who has been replaced at the top by Head Coach Carl Hogg. They have also made a number of key summer signings including Ben Te’o and Francois Hougaard and have also welcomed former Saracens prop Biyi Alo to their squad.
Last Time Out
The men in black enjoyed two successful outings against Worcester last season, scoring a combined total of 91 points across the fixtures. This is the second time Saracens have faced Worcester Warriors at Twickenham, having also faced them in last year’s Double Header fixture where the North Londoners scores six tries to secure the victory.
One to Watch
New signing Ben Te’o joined Worcester Warriors from Irish side Leinster over the summer where he had spent two seasons following his conversion from rugby league. A powerful centre, Te’o has already caught the attention of England coach Eddie Jones and toured with England in Australia this summer although he did not feature in the match day squad. Expectations of the New Zealand born midfielder are high and he is likely to pose a significant threat to Saracens on Saturday.
“Worcester are a team I really like and admire. I have a lot of friends at the club and we will respect them that’s for sure. They have a very settled side, the squad is getting stronger every year; I know they have lost Dean Ryan but not much else has changed. They still have a very good coaching set up, they’ve added quality again to the squad and they will be a serious challenge. They struggled against us last season but it’s a new season, they will have prepared well for the occasion and so we can’t underestimate Worcester. – Jim Hamilton
“They are always a tough team and they have made some brilliant signings. I think Ben Te’o is going to make a big difference to them. I worked with him a bit in the summer and he’s a hugely talented player and a very clever rugby player, someone who is going to add a lot to their attack and defence. They are going to be a tough team, but hopefully we can come out on top.” – Jamie George
Where to Follow
Live – Twickenham Stadium, kick off 14:00 – tickets are available from www.saracens.com/tickets
TV – BT Sport coverage from 14:00
Radio – BBC 5Live coverage from 14:00
Twitter - @saracens