Mar 10, 2017
Saracens name team for Anglo-Welsh Cup Semi Final
Saracens have named their side to face Leicester Tigers in Saturday’s Anglo-Welsh Cup Semi Final at Allianz Park, kick-off 18h00.
In the pack, Richard Barrington (loosehead prop), Jared Saunders (hooker) start in the front-row alongside Vincent Koch who returns to the side a tighthead. Lock forward Fa’atiga Lemalu will make his debut, with the Samoan vice-captain packing down alongside Mark Flanagan in the second row. Kelly Brown will add experience and nous to the back row at blindside flanker, with Joel Conlon starting at openside flanker – Samu Vunisa is named at No8.
In the halves, Henry Taylor is named at scrum-half with Anglo-Welsh Cup Breakthrough Player of the Season nominee Tom Whiteley starting at fly-half.
In the centres, Nick Tompkins starts at inside centre with Tim Streather skippering the side from outside centre. In the back-three Nathan Earle starts on the left-wing, with Mike Ellery named on the opposite flank – Matt Gallagher starts at full-back.
“The whole Anglo-Welsh Cup campaign has been a real team effort,” said McCall, “not just from the playing and coaching staff, but from all the support staff that have been involved in the group.
"Don Barrell (Academy Manager) and Ian Vass (Academy Coach) have done an incredible job to build this team within a team. There’s a great energy and a fantastic buzz amongst this side and we hope that Saracens fans will be there to support them at Allianz Park.
“A home semi-final in the Anglo-Welsh Cup this weekend, a home quarter-final in Europe, and being well placed in the Aviva Premiership is testament to the hard-work of everybody at the training ground and it’s a very exciting time for everyone involved at the club.”
The Saracens’ Anglo-Welsh adventure has been extended for at least one more game with the Men in Black welcoming rivals Leicester Tigers to Allianz Park on Saturday March 14. The excitement within the Anglo-Welsh Cup group is already building ahead of Saturday’s clash at Allianz Park.
Having played an entertaining brand of rugby in the competition, the side have run in 16 tries in four games, and are only behind Exeter Chiefs in the points scored standings, and coach Don Barrell is hoping for another strong performance from his young side.
“We have a good mix of players in the squad,” said Barrell, “with the boys who have made up the Storm team, a few older heads plus some guest players from other clubs. The campaign has been great, we’ve had a really good win on the road in Llanelli and we’ve produced some composed, mature performances against the Falcons and Leicester at home and played some really good rugby."
Barrell added: “A home semi-final against a team as strong as Leicester is another challenge for us, but one that we’re all relishing.”
Saracens side to face Leicester Tigers
15 Matt Gallagher (11)
14 Mike Ellery (37)
13 Tim Streather (c) (29)
12 Nick Tompkins (54)
11 Nathan Earle (16)
10 Tom Whiteley (5)
9 Henry Taylor (4)
1 Richard Barrington (106)
2 Jared Saunders (45)
3 Vincent Koch (6)
4 Fa’atiga Lemalu (0)
5 Mark Flanagan (8)
6 Kelly Brown (150)
7 Joel Conlon (8)
8 Samu Vunisa (12)
16 Tom Lindsay (0)
17 Hayden Stringer (7)
18 Titi Lamositele (36)
19 Nick Isiekwe (5)
20 Schalk Burger (19)
21 Neil De Kock (260)
22 Alex Lozowski (22)
23 George Perkins (5)
England v Scotland will be screened around the ground, including in the Hundred Club which will be opened up as a public bar. Gates open at 15h30 with the game kicking off at 16h00.
Following the conclusion of the game Sarries will take to the field as they look to book their place in the Anglo-Welsh Cup final and give themselves a chance to retain the title they won in 2015.
Tickets for Saracens v Leicester Tigers are priced at just £15 for adults and £10 for juniors and can be purchased from www.saracens.com/tickets. Fans wishing to watch the England game at Allianz Park must hold a valid match ticket for Saracens v Leicester Tigers.