Dec 14, 2018
Team News: Cardiff Blues vs Saracens
George Kruis returns to the Saracens XV as Mark McCall makes four changes for the trip to Cardiff Blues in the Heineken Champions Cup.
The lock has been sidelined since going off in England’s autumn international against New Zealand with a calf injury five weeks ago.
Back rower Ben Earl made an instant impact as a replacement in last weekend’s win over Saturday’s hosts, scoring two tries in quick succession. He replaces Jackson Wray at Number 8.
Elsewhere, Nick Tompkins returns to partner captain Brad Barritt in the centre and Ben Spencer comes in at scrum-half.
Argentina international Juan Figallo is back on the bench.
Liam Williams, Jackson Wray and Billy Vunipola are missing through injury. Williams had a scan on his hamstring in the week while Vunipola should be available in a fortnight.
Saracens team to face Cardiff Blues at Cardiff Arms Park on Saturday 15th December (KO 13H00):
FORWARDS: Mako Vunipola (152), Jamie George (206), Vincent Koch (48), George Kruis (165), Will Skelton (39), Mike Rhodes (82), Schalk Burger (61), Ben Earl (26).
BACKS: Alex Goode (273), Sean Maitland (51), Nick Tompkins (81), Brad Barritt (234), Alex Lewington (13), Owen Farrell (182), Ben Spencer (135).
REPLACEMENTS: Tom Woolstencroft (7), Richard Barrington (148), Juan Figallo (92), Dom Day (20), Nick Isiekwe (44), Calum Clark (25), Richard Wigglesworth (220), Alex Lozowski (70).