Feb 27, 2014
Saracens name team to face Bath
Saracens have named their squad to team to face Bath Rugby in round 16 of the Aviva Premiership.
England international winger David Strettle is set to make his 100th appearance for the club, with the Premiership’s leading try scorer returning to the starting XV after being rested for Saracens 23-10 win against the Exeter Chiefs.
Strettle replaces Chris Ashton (rested) on the right wing, with Chris Wyles retaining his place on the left flank. Alex Goode returns to the side at full-back to make up the back three.
Elsewhere in the backs, Joel Tomkins retains his place in the Saracens midfield after the outside centre started his first game for Saracens in 16 weeks last weekend - he is partnered by Brad Barritt.
In the halves, Charlie Hodgson and Neil de Kock starts at outside half and scrum half respectively, in a half-back pairing that has made 345 Premiership appearances between them.
In the pack, lock forward Steve Borthwick returns to the side as captain to face his old club– he is partnered by George Kruis in the second row.
In the front row, Mako Vunipola replaces Richard Barrington with Schalk Brits and James Johnston continuing at hooker and tighthead prop.
Jacques Burger wears the No.7 shirt as Kelly Brown takes his place on the Saracens replacements bench. Jackson Wray and Ernst Joubert complete the back row.
Saracens starting XV vs Bath; 15. Alex Goode; 14. David Strettle, 13. Joel Tomkins, 12. Brad Barritt, 11. Chris Wyles; 10. Charlie Hodgson, 9. Neil de Kock; 1. Mako Vunipola, 2. Schalk Brits, 3. James Johnston, 4. Steve Borthwick ©, 5. George Kruis, 6. Jackson Wray 7. Jacques Burger , 8. Ernst Joubert.
Replacements; 16. Jamie George, 17. Richard Barrington, 18. Matt Stevens, 19. Eoin Sheriff, 20. Kelly Brown, 21. Richard Wigglesworth, 22. Duncan Taylor, 23. Marcelo Bosch.