Jan 03, 2019
Team News: Sale Sharks vs Saracens Men
Billy Vunipola and Liam Williams will make their return from long-term injuries when Saracens head to Sale Sharks in the Gallagher Premiership on Friday night.
Number 8 Vunipola has been absent since breaking his arm against Glasgow Warriors in October while Wales international Williams, who scored in this fixture last year, has been out with a hamstring problem.
David Strettle comes in on the wing after dotting down in his first match in two months last weekend and Richard Wigglesworth has recovered from a groin strain to start at nine.
Alongside Vunipola in the pack, prop Vincent Koch is fit to play and is joined in the front row by hooker Tom Woolstencroft with Jamie George rested.
Schalk Burger is reinstated on the flank in Sarries' seventh change to the starting XV.
Saracens Men’s team to face Sale Sharks at AJ Bell Stadium on Friday 4th January (KO 19H45):
FORWARDS: Mako Vunipola (155), Tom Woolstencroft (10), Vincent Koch (50), Will Skelton (42), George Kruis (168), Nick Isiekwe (47), Schalk Burger (64), Billy Vunipola (93).
BACKS: Alex Goode (276), Liam Williams (21), Nick Tompkins (84), Alex Lozowski (73), David Strettle (144), Owen Farrell (185), Richard Wigglesworth (221).
REPLACEMENTS: Christopher Tolofua (26), Richard Barrington (151), Titi Lamositele (62), Calum Clark (28), Jackson Wray (210), Ben Spencer (141), Marcelo Bosch (126), Sean Maitland (53).