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In-form Ashton and Strettle to face Western Province on Sunday

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In-form wings Chris Ashton and David Strettle will line up for Saracens on Sunday when they face Currie Cup champions DHL Western Province at Allianz Park in the Sanlam Challenge.

The duo will be looking to continue their fine try scoring form that has seen them cross the line 44 times in the past year and the visit of the South African champions will be a stern test for the Saracens side led by Springbok Alistair Hargreaves.
 
The Saracens starting XV for the match contains 10 internationals with Kelly Brown, Mouritz Botha, Juan Figallo, Rhys Gill, Charlie Hodgson in the team with Neil de Kock also facing his former club. US Eagle Chris Wyles also returns after facing New Zealand in Chicago last weekend.
 
The Western Province squad landed in London on Friday morning and will be captained by South African international centre Juan de Jongh.
 
“It is an important game for us because the message to the players is that we will be representing the Currie Cup champions of South Africa,” said Western Province coach Allister Coetzee.

“Saracens were last season's European Cup and Premiership runners-up so we're know we'll be up against a team that is well structured.

“Their match-day squad includes numerous players that have done national team duty. We will play the way we have been playing and the intention is to lift our game a notch or two.”

The Saracens bench for Sunday’s match also includes new signing Brett Sharman along with Will Fraser and Scotland centre Duncan Taylor.

“We’re really excited by the chance to play against Western Province, and the nucleus of the Stormers team that has historically competed so strongly in the Super XV,” explained Director of Rugby Mark McCall

“They come to us with high confidence after finishing a strong season with some much deserved silverware. We know that we have to be at our very best if we are to overcome a well drilled and in-form team.”

Saracens
 
15 Ben Ransom, 14 Chris Ashton, 13 Tim Streather, 12 Chris Wyles, 11 David Strettle, 10 Charlie Hodgson, 9 Neil de Kock, 1 Rhys Gill, 2 Jamie George, 3 Juan Figallo, 4 Mouritz Botha, 5 Alistair Hargreaves ©, 6 Jackson Wray , 7 Kelly Brown  , 8 Ernst Joubert
 
16 Brett Sharman, 17 Richard Barrington, 18 Petrus Du Plessis, 19 Hayden Smith, 20 Will Fraser, 21 Ben Spencer, 22 Nils Mordt, 23 Duncan Taylor  
                             
DHL Western Province

 
15. Dillyn Leyds, 14. Kobus van Wyk, 13. Juan de Jongh ©, 12. Jaco Taute, 11. Pat Howard, 10. Demetri Catrakilis, 9. Nic Groom, 1. Alistair Vermaak, 2. Scarra Ntubeni, 3. Vincent Koch, 4. Jean Kleyn , 5. Manuel Carizza, 6. Rynhardt Elstadt, 7. Michael Rhodes, 8. Sikhumbuzo Notshe
 
16. Bongi Mbonambi, 17. Oli Kebble, 18. Wilco Louw, 19. Gerbrandt Grobler, 20. Jurie van Vuuren, 21. Louis Schreuder, 22. Kurt Coleman, 23. Michael van der Spuy
 

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