Dec 05, 2014
Saracens name team to face Sale Sharks
Saracens have named their side to face Sale Sharks in Saturday’s round three European Champions Cup tie at the AJ Bell Stadium, kick-off 13h00.
Mako Vunipola starts his first game of the 2014/15 season, with the England international named at loosehead prop and packs down alongside Jamie George and Petrus Du Plessis in the Saracens front row.
After his time away with England during the autumn international series, George Kruis returns to Saracens colours in the second-row and partners skipper Alistair Hargreaves at lock.
In the back-row, Billy Vunipola starts at No.8, with Kelly Brown and Jacques Burger named at blindside flanker and openside flanker.
At half-back, former Sharks duo Richard Wigglesworth and Charlie Hodgson are named to start against their former club. Owen Farrell starts at inside centre, with Duncan Taylor partnering him in the midfield.
Alex Goode, Chris Ashton and David Strettle make up the Saracens back three.
Saracens team to face Sale Sharks:
15. Alex Goode; 14. Chris Ashton, 13. Duncan Taylor, 12. Owen Farrell, 11. David Strettle; 10. Charlie Hodgson, 9. Richard Wigglesworth; 1. Mako Vunipola, 2. Jamie George, 3. Petrus Du Plessis, 4. George Kruis, 5. Alistair Hargreaves ©, 6. Kelly Brown, 7. Jacques Burger, 8. Billy Vunipola.
Replacements; 16. Brett Sharman, 17. Richard Barrington, 18. James Johnston, 19. Jim Hamilton, 20. Jackson Wray, 21. Neil de Kock, 22. Marcelo Bosch, 23. Chris Wyles.