Aug 25, 2015
Saracens name starting XV to face Ospreys
Saracens have named their side to face Ospreys in Thursday’s MXC Capital Challenge at the HAC, kick-off 18h15.
In the Premiership Champions first pre-season hit out lock-forward Maro Itoje will captain the team.
In the front row, Richard Barrington, Jared Saunders and Petrus Du Plessis are all named with skipper Itoje and new-boy Michael Rhodes partnering each other at lock.
In the back-row, Jackson Wray wears the No6 shirt with Kelly Brown named at openside flanker. Ernst Joubert will start at No8.
At halfback Ben Spencer will partner Nils Mordt, whilst at centre Nick Tompkins and Tim Streather will start.
Nathan Earle starts on the left wing and will join Mike Ellery (right wing) and Ben Ransom in the Saracens back-three.
Ahead of the game, director of rugby Mark McCall said: “Once again we are looking forward to playing the Ospreys at such a fantastic venue in the heart of London. With the Ospreys on the eve of the Pro 12 season the fixture promises to be very competitive, and we’re looking forward to a tough test on Thursday evening.”
Preparations for Saracens’ 2015/16 season continue as Mark McCall’s men test themselves against the Ospreys, with the north London Club playing in their highly anticipated Nike home kit for the very first time.
You can purchase tickets on the gate from the HAC’s Chiswell Street entrance. Tickets range from £25, £35 & £50 and will have to be bought in cash. Gates open at 16h00.
Saracens starting XV to face Ospreys
1. Richard Barrington
2. Jared Saunders
3. Petrus Du Plessis
4. Maro Itoje ©
5. Michael Rhodes
6. Jackson Wray
7. Kelly Brown
8. Ernst Joubert
9. Ben Spencer
10. Nils Mordt
11. Nathan Earle
12. Nick Tompkins
13. Tim Streather
14. Mike Ellery
15. Ben Ransom