May 17, 2019
Team News: Worcester Warriors vs Saracens Men
Manu Vunipola will make his first Gallagher Premiership start for Saracens against Worcester Warriors.
The young Academy fly-half, who will head to the World Rugby U20 Championship with England this summer alongside Joel Kpoku, made his league debut in Round 21 and starts at 10 with Max Malins having not quite recovered from a quad injury.
He forms a half-back partnership with Tom Whiteley, another in Saturday’s 23 to have starred in the Premiership Rugby Shield final win over Newcastle Falcons A.
Matt Gallagher begins at full-back while there are also places for Dom Day, Christian Judge and Ben Earl in the starting XV.
The match could be the last of Marcelo Bosch’s Saracens career after six incredible years at Allianz Park. Fellow Argentine Juan Figallo makes his long-awaited return to competitive action at loosehead prop.
On the bench, there are seven Academy products with three looking to make their Premiership debuts – Billy Walker, Andy Christie and Tom Griffiths.
Saracens team to face Worcester Warriors in the final round of the Gallagher Premiership season (KO 16H00):
FORWARDS: Juan Figallo (93), Joe Gray (10), Christian Judge (19), Nick Isiekwe (62), Dom Day (31), Calum Clark (39), Schalk Burger (77), Ben Earl (39).
BACKS: Matt Gallagher (32), David Strettle (154), Marcelo Bosch (132), Nick Tompkins (98), Alex Lewington (27), Manu Vunipola (3), Tom Whiteley (29).
REPLACEMENTS: Tom Woolstencroft (20), Hayden Thompson-Stringer (33), Billy Walker (8), Joel Kpoku (9), Andy Christie (1), Henry Taylor (14), Tom Griffiths (4), Rotimi Segun (11).