December 12 2013 Latest news:
Friday, October 25, 2013
Saracens will hand loosehead prop Richard Barrington a full debut for the top-of-the-table Premiership clash at Northampton Saints tomorrow.
The front row benefits from the absence of Mako Vunipola, away on international duty, and Rhys Gill who has been ruled out until the New Year with a shoulder injury.
Kelly Brown comes in for Billy Vunipola to wear the six jersey, alongside Ernst Joubert and Jacques Burger in the back-row.
In the backs, Nils Mordt starts his first game of the season at fly-half, partnering Richard Wigglesworth in the halves. Duncan Taylor and Chris Wyles continue in the centres with Fijian international Michael Tagicakibau replacing Chris Ashton on the wing.
Nick Auterac, Mouritz Botha, Jackson Wray and Ben Ransom come into the match day squad as replacements, whilst Argentine international Marcelo Bosch could make his Premiership debut for the club off the bench.
Phil Dowson will captain Northampton Saints in a team that shows five changes from that which beat the Ospreys last weekend. Kahn Fotuali’i makes his first start on home soil and Mike Haywood, Ken Pisi, Calum Clark and Sam Dickinson all come into their starting line-up.
Meanwhile flanker Ben Nutley, scrum-half Ryan Glynn and centre Dom Waldouck could all see their first senior action of the Aviva Premiership campaign after having been named on the bench.
15. Ben Foden, 14. Ken Pisi, 13. George Pisi, 12. Luther Burrell, 11. Jamie Elliott, 10. Stephen Myler, 9. Kahn Fotuali’i; 1. Alex Waller, 2. Mike Haywood, 3. Salesi Ma’afu, 4. Samu Manoa, 5. Christian Day, 6. Calum Clark, 7. Phil Dowson, 8. Sam Dickinson
Replacements: 16. Ross McMillan, 17. Ethan Waller, 18. Gareth Denman, 19. GJ Van Velze, 20. Ben Nutley, 21. Ryan Glynn, 22. Dom Waldouck, 23. James Wilson.
Saracens: 15. Alex Goode; 14. Michael Tagicakibau, 13. Chris Wyles, 12. Duncan Taylor, 11. David Strettle; 10. Nils Mordt, 9. Richard Wigglesworth; 1. Richard Barrington, 2. Schalk Brits, 3. Matt Stevens, 4. Steve Borthwick (c), 5. Alastair Hargreaves, 6. Kelly Brown, 7. Jacques Burger, 8. Ernst Joubert.
Replacements: 16. Jamie George, 17. Nick Auterac, 18. James Johnston, 19. Mourtiz Botha, 20. Jackson Wray, 21. Neil de Kock, 22. Marcelo Bosch, 23. Ben Ransom