Saracens - Team named to face Exeter Chiefs

Feb 15, 2013

Team named to face Exeter Chiefs

Saracens play their first Premiership match at Allianz Park on Saturday in front of a sold out crowd when Exeter Chiefs are the visitors, kick off is 3pm.

It will also be the first time a Premiership match has been played on an artificial turf pitch and Saracens Director of Rugby Mark McCall admitted the squad is excited ahead of the game at the club’s new home.

He said: “It’s a day that will not only be enjoyed by the players, but also supporters and everyone connected with the project who have put all their energy and effort into delivering a fantastic venue that will also be enjoyed and used by the whole community.

“But while the sense of occasion will not be lost on us, our priority is to deliver a performance on the pitch against a very good Exeter Chiefs side.”

In team news ahead of the game, Adam Powell, James Short, Mako Vunipola, Mouritz Botha and Will Fraser come back into the starting line-up.

Alex Goode, Owen Farrell, Chris Ashton, Brad Barritt and Kelly Brown do not feature due to international duty while Rhys Gill, Schalk Brits, Duncan Taylor and Jacques Burger are ruled out due to injury.

Saracens line-up vs Exeter Chiefs

15 Chris Wyles
14 James Short
13 Joel Tomkins
12 Adam Powell
11 David Strettle
10 Charlie Hodgson
9 Neil de Kock
1 Mako Vunipola
2 John Smit
3 Matt Stevens
4 Steve Borthwick ©
5 Mouritz Botha
6 Jackson Wray
7 Will Fraser
8 Ernst Joubert

16 Jamie George
17 Nick Auterac
18 Petrus du Plessis
19 Alistair Hargreaves
20 Justin Melck
21 Richard Wigglesworth
22 Nils Mordt
23 Joe Maddock

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