December 11 2013 Latest news:
Friday, October 4, 2013
Will Fraser returns from injury to start his first game of the season but Billy Vunipola will not face old side London Wasps when they travel to Saracens in the Aviva Premiership tomorrow.
The back row, who has featured in every game so far this term since his switch from Adams Park, has not been named in Sarries’ 23-man squad, as director of rugby Mark McCall makes a number of changes.
With Charlie Hodgson ruled out with injury, Alex Goode moves up from full-back to wear the No.10 shirt, with Owen Farrell moving to the bench. Chris Wyles partners Joel Tomkins at centre, whilst Neil de Kock replaces Richard Wigglesworth at scrum-half.
Michael Tagicakibau comes in for David Strettle on the left wing, and Ben Ransom starts at full-back.
In the pack, James Johnston starts his first game of the season at tighthead prop, and he is joined by the returning Rhys Gill and Jamie George in the front row.
Alastair Hargreaves partners George Kruis at lock, as the returning Fraser starts at openside flanker alongside Jackson Wray and No.8 Ernst Joubert, who will captain the side at Allianz Park; in a new look back row.
McCall said: “We’ve made a good start in the competition, but we are conscious that it’s not about how you start in this competition; it’s about how you finish.
“All we want to do is to keep on improving week by week and put ourselves in the frame at the end of the season. We will never look too far ahead.”
Before the game, a Saracens Legends team featuring Nicky Little, Kris Chesney, Dan Scarborough, Hugh Vyvyan, Thomas Castaignede, John Buckton, Rodd Penney, Steve Ravenscroft and Kevin Yates will take on their Wasps counterparts at midday.
The Wasps Legends team will feature the likes of Fraser Waters, Andy Gomarsall and Mike Friday.
Saracens: 1.Rhys Gill, 2. Jamie George, 3. James Johnston, 4. Alastair Hargreaves, 5. George Kruis, 6. Jackson Wray, 7. Will Fraser, 8. Ernst Joubert (c); 9. Neil de Kock, 10. Alex Goode; 11. Michael Tagicakibau, 12. Chris Wyles, 13. Joel Tomkins, 14. Chris Ashton; 15. Ben Ransom
Replacements: 16. Schalk Brits, 17. Mako Vunipola, 18. Petrus Du Plessis, 19. Mouritz Botha, 20. Kelly Brown, 21. Richard Wigglesworth, 22. Owen Farrell, 23. David Strettle.
London Wasps: 1 Matt Mullan, 2 Carlo Festuccia, 3 Jake Cooper-Woolley, 4 Joe Launchbury, 5 Kearnan Myall, 6 Ed Jackson, 7 Ashley Johnson, 8 Nathan Hughes; 9 Charlie Davies, 10 Joe Carlisle, 11 Josh Bassett, 12 Charlie Hayter, 13 Chris Bell (c), 14 Christian Wade, 15 Elliot Daly
Replacements: 16 Tom Lindsay, 17 Simon McIntyre, 18 Will Taylor, 19 James Cannon, 20 Guy Thompson, 21 Jack Moates, 22 Andy Goode, 23 Ben Jacobs