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Saracens name side to face Exeter Chiefs

Saracens have named their side to face Exeter Chiefs for Sunday’s round 11 Aviva Premiership clash at Sandy Park, kick-off 13h00.

Table toppers Saracens travel to Devon to face the second placed Chiefs for the Sunday lunchtime kick-off and Mark McCall has named Scotland flanker Kelly Brown at openside flanker. Brown is joined by Jackson Wray (no8) and Italy qualified loose-forward Samu Vunisa (No8) in the Saracens back row, with Jacques Burger reverting to the bench and Michael Rhodes rested as Saracens continue to rotate their squad.

Elsewhere in the Saracens pack, after an impressive showing against Bath, Richard Barrington continues at loosehead with Rhys Gill returning to the bench after serving a four-week suspension. Schalk Brits continues at hooker and will be joined by the durable Petrus Du Plessis at tighthead prop.

At lock, Hayden Smith comes into the side to replace Maro Itoje who takes his place on the bench after being away with Eddie Jones’ England as injury cover. USA international Smith will be joined by Jim Hamilton in the second row.

At halfback, Richard Wigglesworth (scrum-half) partners Charlie Hodgson (fly-half) in a familiar looking halves pairing. In the centres, Brad Barritt will skipper the side in the number 12 jersey and he is joined by Nick Tompkins (outside centre) in the Sarries midfield.

Mike Ellery comes into the side on the right wing to replace Duncan Taylor who is named on the bench for Scotland to face England. Ellery will join Ben Ransom (full-back) and Chris Wyles (left wing) in the Saracens back three.

On the bench, Jared Saunders and USA international join Rhys Gill as front row cover, whilst Jacques Burger returns to the scene where he set the Premiership tackle record in 2013, with the Namibian loose forward taking his place on the bench. Elsewhere, Ben Spencer and Nils Mordt are the halfback cover with former England U20s flyer Nathan Earle named in his first matchday 23 of the season.

Saracens team to face Exeter Chiefs

15 Ben Ransom (56*)
14 Mike Ellery (14)
13 Nick Tomkins (27)
12 Brad Barritt (c) (157)
11 Chris Wyles (192)
10 Charlie Hodgson (121)
9 Richard Wigglesworth (141)

1 Richard Barrington (67)
2 Schalk Brits (158)
3 Petrus Du Plessis (116)
4 Hayden Smith (55)
5 Jim Hamilton (35)
6 Jackson Wray (128)
7 Kelly Brown (120)
8 Samu Vunisa (3)

Replacements
16 Jared Saunders (26)
17 Rhys Gill (152)
18 Titi Lamositele (9)
19 Maro Itoje (43)
20 Jacques Burger (107)
21 Ben Spencer (64)
22 Nils Mordt (54)
23 Nathan Earle (3)
*denote Saracens appearances

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