Apr 04, 2014
Saracens name side to face Ulster
Saracens have named their team to face Ulster Rugby in Saturday's Heineken Cup quarter-final at Ravenhill, kick-off 18h30.
Owen Farrell comes back into the side from the team that beat London Wasps last weekend, with the England fly-half partnering Richard Wigglesworth in the halves.
In the backs, the Heineken Cup's leading try scorer Chris Ashton starts on the right wing and is joined by David Strettle and Alex Goode in an all international back three.
Brad Barritt starts at inside centre and is joined by Duncan Taylor in the midfield.
Up front, Mako Vunipola starts at loosehead prop, with Schalk Brits and Samoan international tighthead James Johnston joining the British and Irish Lion prop in the front row.
Steve Borthwick captains the side with Mouritz Botha partnering the joint all-time Aviva Premiership record appearances holder in the second-row.
Billy Vunipola makes a welcome return to action in the back-row, the England international starts at blindside flanker, with Namibian openside Jacques Burger wearing the No.7 shirt and Ernst Joubert packing down at No.8.
On the bench, Neil de Kock will make his 200th appearance for the club should he feature. Scotland captain Kelly Brown will bring up his half-century of Heineken Cup appearances if he comes on.
In injury news, lock forward George Kruis has been ruled out of the remainder of the season with knee ligament damage. Centre Joel Tomkins will also miss the rest of the campaign after undergoing back surgery.
Saracens side to face Ulster Rugby;
15. Alex Goode; 14. Chris Ashton, 13. Duncan Taylor, 12. Brad Barritt, 11. David Strettle ; 10. Owen Farrell, 9. Richard Wigglesworth; 1. Mako Vunipola, 2. Schalk Brits, 3. James Johnston, 4. Steve Borthwick ©, 5. Mouritz Botha, 6. Billy Vunipola, 7. Jacques Burger, 8. Ernst Joubert.
Replacements; 16. Jamie George, 17. Richard Barrington, 18. Matt Stevens, 19. Eoin Sheriff, 20. Kelly Brown, 21. Neil de Kock, 22. Charlie Hodgson, 23. Chris Wyles.