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Saracens name side for Newcastle Falcons trip

Billy Vunipola

Billy Vunipola will start for Saracens in their round 17 Aviva Premiership clash away to Newcastle Falcons at Kingston Park on Sunday, kick-off 14h00.

The 24-year-old, capped 32 times by England, has been out of action since November with a knee injury and will start at No8 for Saracens. Billy is joined by his older brother Mako Vunipola in the starting XV with the England prop named to start in the front-row alongside Schalk Brits and Juan Figallo.

Elsewhere in the pack, Jim Hamilton continues at the heart of the Saracens engine room alongside Michael Rhodes, with the South African forward set to make his 50th appearance for the club. In the back row, Billy Vunipola comes into the side at No8 with Jackson Wray shifting to blindside flanker and after his Man of the Match performance against Sale Sharks, Joel Conlon continues at openside flanker. On the bench, Kelly Brown will make his 150th Saracens appearance if featured.

In the backs, Richard Wigglesworth (scrum-half) continues to partner Alex Lozowski (fly-half) in the halves, whilst Brad Barritt skippers the side from inside centre alongside Marcelo Bosch in the midfield.

Scotland flyer Sean Maitland has recovered from a rib-injury sustained in Saracens’ R15 defeat to Gloucester to take his place on the left wing and he is joined by fellow Scot Duncan Taylor (full-back) and Chris Ashton (right wing) in the Sarries back three.

Saracens team to face Newcastle Falcons

15 Duncan Taylor (95)
14 Chris Ashton (109)
13 Marcelo Bosch (89)
12 Brad Barritt (c) (189)
11 Sean Maitland (14)
10 Alex Lozowski (21)
9 Richard Wigglesworth (178)

1 Mako Vunipola (112)
2 Schalk Brits (192)
3 Juan Figallo (55)
4 Michael Rhodes (49)
5 Jim Hamilton (67)
6 Jackson Wray (164)
7 Joel Conlon (7)
8 Billy Vunipola (69)

Replacements
16 Jared Saunders (44)
17 Richard Barrington (106)
18 Petrus Du Plessis (151)
19 Mark Flanagan (7)
20 Kelly Brown (149)
21 Ben Spencer (94)
22 Max Malins (4)
23 Nathan Earle (15)

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