Saracens - Saracens unchanged for the Aviva Premiership final

May 25, 2018

Saracens unchanged for the Aviva Premiership final


Saracens have named an unchanged 23 for the Aviva Premiership final against Exeter Chiefs.

The Men in Black reached Twickenham with a record-breaking 57-33 semi-final win over Wasps with Chris Wyles scoring his fifth play-off try in eight years.

The ex-USA international starts on the wing on Saturday in his last game of professional rugby, while Schalk Brits, who also bids farewell to the game, begins the contest on the bench.

Sarries fly-half and England captain Owen Farrell will hope to continue his fine form after kicking 27 points – 11 from 11 kicks – in a man-of-the-match performance last weekend.

The pack showed physicality in abundance last time out, led by England Player of the Year Mako Vunipola who made 16 carries - the most of any Wolfpack player. Brother Billy features in the starting XV for the second game running.

Schalk Burger (hamstring), Calum Clark (arm), Duncan Taylor (back) and Liam Williams (shoulder) remain sidelined.

“We’re delighted to name the same 23 as the semi-final for Saturday’s game,” Director of Rugby Mark McCall said.

“We’re hugely grateful to the staff and entire playing group for their commitment throughout the campaign to get us in this position. Everyone has contributed hugely to get us to where we want to be.”

Saracens team to face Exeter Chiefs (Sarries appearances):

15 Alex Goode (260)
14 Sean Maitland (41)
13 Alex Lozowski (59)
12 Brad Barritt © (222)
11 Chris Wyles (253)
10 Owen Farrell (173)
9 Richard Wigglesworth (209)
1 Mako Vunipola (143)
2 Jamie George (195)
3 Vincent Koch (38)
4 Maro Itoje (93)
5 George Kruis (158)
6 Nick Isiekwe (34)
7 Jackson Wray (200)
8 Billy Vunipola (84)

16 Schalk Brits (221)
17 Richard Barrington (135)
18 Juan Figallo (89)
19 Will Skelton (24)
20 Michael Rhodes (68)
21 Ben Spencer (131)
22 Marcelo Bosch (120)
23 Nathan Earle (37)

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