TOP BAR - Fixtures

Saracens name side for Derby Day

Ben Spencer

Saracens have named their side to face Harlequins in round 19 of the Aviva Premiership on Saturday (kick-off 16h30), as Derby Day returns to Wembley Stadium.

Mark McCall make four changes to the starting XV that defeated Glasgow Warriors in the European Rugby Champions Cup quarter-final with Duncan Taylor, Ben Spencer, Schalk Brits and Vincent Koch all coming into the starting line-up.

Up front, Vincent Koch starts at tighthead prop in place of Juan Figallo, who has been ruled out for the rest of the season with a foot injury. Koch is joined by Schalk Brits in the front-row with the fleet-footed hooker rotating with Jamie George who takes his place on the bench – Mako Vunipola continues at loosehead prop.

At lock, Maro Itoje starts alongside Jim Hamilton whilst in the back-row Mark McCall names an unchanged loose-forward trio with Michael Rhodes (blindside flanker), Jackson Wray (openside flanker) and Billy Vunipola (No8) all starting.

At half-back, Ben Spencer returns to the side at scrumhalf, with Richard Wigglesworth named on the bench. Spencer, who has recovered from a leg injury that has sidelined him for two-weeks will partner Owen Farrell who starts at fly-half.

At centre Brad Barritt captains the side alongside Duncan Taylor who comes in for Marcelo Bosch who is rested for the game. In the back-three, Chris Ashton will be looking to add to his five try tally under the arch at Wembley, he is named alongside Sean Maitland and Alex Goode.

Speaking ahead of Saturday’s game, director of rugby Mark McCall said: “Harlequins arrive at Wembley on the back of a very strong performance against Newcastle Falcons. They are a good side, with some very dangerous players and they will provide us with a stern challenge on Saturday afternoon.

“Since we first faced Northampton Saints back in 2009 at the National Stadium we have enjoyed some fantastic memories at Wembley. The players always look forward to running out in front of a bumper crowd at this magnificent venue and it’s a real privilege for all of the team to have the opportunity to play there once again.”

Saracens team to face Harlequins

15 Alex Goode (224)
14 Chris Ashton (112)
13 Duncan Taylor (98)
12 Brad Barritt (c) (192)
11 Sean Maitland (17)
10 Owen Farrell (147)
9 Ben Spencer (95)

1 Mako Vunipola (115)
2 Schalk Brits (195)
3 Vincent Koch (9)
4 Maro Itoje (70)
5 Jim Hamilton (70)
6 Michael Rhodes (52)
7 Jackson Wray (167)
8 Billy Vunipola (72)


16 Jamie George (167)
17 Titi Lamositele (39)
18 Petrus Du Plessis (152)
19 Mark Flanagan (9)
20 Joel Conlon (11)
21 Richard Wigglesworth (181)
22 Alex Lozowski (25)
23 Nick Tompkins (55)

Latest News

Toby Flood starts for Newcastle Falcons against Rotherham Titans

Toby Flood makes the first start of his second spell at Newcastle Falcons on Saturday when they host Rotherham Titans…

Joe Marler commits to Harlequins until 2021

Harlequins is thrilled to announce today, Friday 18th August, that England and British and Irish Lions prop, Joe Marler, has…

Joe Marler

European fixtures to be released on Tuesday

The fixtures for the 2017/18 Champions Cup and Challenge Cup season will be announced on Tuesday, 22 August at 3.00pm…

Rokoduguni starts for Bath Rugby against Ospreys

Semesa Rokoduguni will make his first appearance of pre-season when Bath Rugby take on Ospreys at the Liberty Stadium on…

Harlequins team to play Jersey Reds

Harlequins has announced the squad to play Jersey Reds in the final match of the 2017/18 pre-season campaign, at The…

Francis Saili

Stringer starts for Worcester Warriors at Birmingham Moseley

Summer signing Peter Stringer will get his first start for Warriors on Friday night as his side take on Birmingham…

London Irish name side for Ealing Trailfinders clash

London Irish have named a 30-man squad for this Friday’s pre-season clash with Ealing Trailfinders at Hazelwood (kick-off 7.30pm). The…

Gloucester Rugby announce line-ups for preseason friendly at Leinster

Gloucester Rugby will give game time to a number of their first team squad in Leinster on Friday evening as…

American rugby players and coaches to get once in a lifetime opportunity

Thirty American rugby players and coaches are being handed the chance of a lifetime to train in England with Premiership…

Stephen Myler: Northampton Saints ready to fight for the title

Stephen Myler is predicting the closest ever Aviva Premiership Rugby campaign and believes his Northampton Saints side will be right…

Sonatane Takulua expecting big things from Newcastle Falcons this season

Sonatane Takulua believes unity and a collective purpose, combined with an improved playing pool, can help propel Newcastle Falcons up…

Sonatane Takulua

Wasps name team for first pre-season fixture against Ulster

Dai Young has named a 26-man squad to take on Ulster Rugby at Kingspan Stadium in the first pre-season fixture…

Anglo-Welsh Cup 2017-18 launched

WORCESTER WARRIORS have the honour of hosting the opening match in this year’s Anglo-Welsh Cup on Friday 3 November, when…

Leicester Tigers win the Anglo Welsh Cup

Ally Hogg pleased by Newcastle Falcons’ early progress

Ally Hogg believes Newcastle Falcons are well set to attack the new Aviva Premiership season after a double dose of…

Ally Hogg

Topsy Ojo relishing Exiles return to Aviva Premiership Rugby action at HQ

Topsy Ojo believes there could be no more fitting way for London Irish to announce their return as an Aviva…

Newcastle Falcons’ Sonatane Takulua sees Philadelphia trip as a ‘great opportunity’

Newcastle Falcons’ Sonatane Takulua insists his side’s September clash with Saracens in Philadelphia will be no holiday for the players,…

Sonatane Takulua

Harlequins statement: Luke Wallace and Jonas Mikalcius

Harlequins can confirm today (Tuesday 15th August) that flanker Luke Wallace dislocated his hip during the pre-season friendly against London…

Luke Wallace

London Irish kick-off Anglo-Welsh Cup at home to Bath

London Irish will host Bath Rugby at the Madejski Stadium in the opening round of the Anglo-Welsh Cup on Saturday…

London Irish kick-off Anglo-Welsh Cup at home to Bath

HITZ graduate secures first full time job after being inspired by Premiership Rugby final

A teenager from Leigh who overcame a troubled home life and tackled confidence and communication issues thanks to Premiership Rugby…

Lucy Neal