Jan 29, 2015
Saracens name side for Blue Bulls
Kelly Brown will lead a powerful Saracens team against the Blue Bulls in the Sanlam Challenge at Allianz Park on Saturday 31 January, KO 15h15.
“We’re expecting a massive challenge from a team including 15 Springboks,” said the former Scotland captain, “but we are fielding our strongest available side and we’ll be ready.”
Jackson Wray, 24, will make his 100th appearance for the club, becoming the fourth member of the golden ‘Class of 2008’ to reach that landmark, combining with Ernst Joubert and Brown in a strong back row.
Neil de Kock, a former Springbok himself, will partner Charlie Hodgson at halfback, as Saracens seek to follow recent wins over The Sharks and Western Province and to complete a notable treble over the three strongest provincial teams in South Africa.
Maintaining the club policy of giving opportunities to talented players from the Saracens global network, Valentin Poparlan, of Timisoara Saracens and Romania, is included.
The Sanlam Challenge will be broadcast live in the UK and in South Africa, with an estimated television audience of 450,000.
Tickets are available at www.saracens.com/bluebulls
Saracens team to face Blue Bulls: 15. Ben Ransom; 14. Jack Wilson, 13. Tim Streather, 12. Chris Wyles, 11. David Strettle; 10. Charlie Hodgson, 9. Neil de Kock; 1. Richard Barrington, 2. Brett Sharman, 3. Petrus Du Plessis, 4. Jim Hamilton, 5. Valentin Poparlan, 6. Jackson Wray, 7. Kelly Brown ©, 8. Ernst Joubert.