Saracens - Team News: Saracens vs Bristol Bears

Sep 07, 2018

Team News: Saracens vs Bristol Bears

Sione Vailanu will start his first Gallagher Premiership match when Bristol Bears visit Allianz Park on Saturday.

The Tongan, who featured off the bench at Newcastle Falcons last weekend, is one of five changes to the Saracens side that recorded a bonus-point win in the North East.

Two-try debutant Alex Lewington is picked on the wing with Matt Gallagher on the other flank after impressing in the Premiership Rugby Shield. Opening round starters Sean Maitland (dislocated finger) and David Strettle (head) miss out.

Ben Spencer has recovered from illness to play at scrum-half while Nick Isiekwe comes in at lock.

On the bench, Billy Vunipola and Liam Williams could see their first action of the season following injury lay-offs.

Juan Figallo (PCL) and Duncan Taylor (ACL) have been ruled out for lengthy periods.

Saracens side to face Bristol at Allianz Park on Saturday 8th September (15H00 KO):

FORWARDS: Mako Vunipola (145), Jamie George (197), Vincent Koch (40), Maro Itoje (95), Nick Isiekwe (36), Mike Rhodes (70), Jackson Wray (202), Sione Vailanu (5).

BACKS: Ben Spencer (132), Owen Farrell (175), Alex Lewington (1), Brad Barritt (224), Alex Lozowski (61), Matt Gallagher (17), Alex Goode (262).

REPLACEMENTS: Christopher Tolofua (18), Richard Barrington (137), Titi Lamositele (52), Will Skelton (26), Billy Vunipola (85), Richard Wigglesworth (211), Nick Tompkins (70), Liam Williams (16).

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