Apr 11, 2014
Saracens name side to face Northampton
Saracens have named their team to face Northampton Saints at Allianz Park on Sunday in round 19 of the Aviva Premiership, kick-off 14h00.
Mark McCall makes three changes to the starting backline that beat Ulster last weekend. In come Chris Wyles for Alex Goode at full-back, Argentine centre Marcelo Bosch for Duncan Taylor and Saracens double-centurion Neil de Kock for Richard Wigglesworth at halfback.
David Strettle and Chris Ashton start on the wings, with Brad Barritt partnering Marcelo Bosch in the centres and Owen Farrell starting at fly-half.
In the pack, Mako Vunipola, Schalk Brits and James Johnston make up the Saracens front row, whilst Steve Borthwick captains the side from lock. The Saracens skipper will break the record for all time Premiership appearances at the weekend, making his 263rd appearance in the English top flight. He is joined by Mouritz Botha in the second row.
In the back row, Kelly Brown returns to the starting line-up at openside flanker, as does Jackson Wray who will wear the No.6 shirt. Billy Vunipola starts at No.8 to complete the Saracens starting XV.
Saracens starting XV to face Northampton Saints;
15. Chris Wyles; 14. Chris Ashton, 13. Marcelo Bosch, 12. Brad Barritt, 11. David Strettle; 10. Owen Farrell, 9. Neil de Kock; 1. Mako Vunipola, 2. Schalk Brits, 3. James Johnston, 4. Steve Borthwick ©, 5. Mouritz Botha, 6. Jackson Wray, 7. Kelly Brown, 8. Billy Vunipola.
Replacements; 16. Jamie George, 17. Richard Barrington, 18. Matt Stevens, 19. Eoin Sheriff, 20. Jacques Burger, 21. Richard Wigglesworth, 22. Charlie Hodgson, 23. Tim Streather.