Fixtures - Top Bar

Saracens name side to face Exeter

Saracens have named their side to face Exeter Chiefs in Sunday’s crunch LV=Cup clash at Allianz Park, kick-off 15h00.

Saracens name side to face Exeter
For immediate release: Friday 6 February 2015
Issued on behalf of Saracens
Saracens have named their side to face Exeter Chiefs in Sunday's crunch LV=Cup clash at Allianz Park, kick-off 15h00.

Joe Shaw's side can secure a home LV=Cup semi-final on Sunday if the beat cup holders Exeter, who have already booked their place in the competitions last four.

Fresh from his impressive England Saxons debut, Maro Itoje returns to the Saracens team as skipper and will partner USA international lock-forward Hayden Smith in the second row.

Elsewhere in the forwards, Welsh international prop forward Rhys Gill starts alongside Jared Saunders and Biyi Alo in the Saracens front row.

South African loose forward Nick de Jager starts at blindside flanker alongside Jackson Wray (No8) and Matt Hankin (openside flanker) in the back row.

In the halves, last weekend's match winner Ben Spencer continues at scrum-half and is partnered by the experienced Nils Mordt, who starts at fly-half.

At centre, Max Wilkins continues in the heart of the Saracens midfield after an impressive outing away to London Welsh. Wilkins is partnered by Tim Streather in the centres.

In the back three, Ben Ransom starts at full-back and is joined by Catalin Fercu and Mike Ellery on the wings.

Saracens team to face Exeter Chiefs:

15. Ben Ransom; 14. Mike Ellery, 13. Tim Streather, 12. Max Wilkins, 11. Catalin Fercu; 10. Nils Mordt, 9. Ben Spencer; 1. Rhys Gill, 2. Jared Saunders; 3. Biyi Alo, 4. Maro Itoje ©, 5. Hayden Smith; 6. Nick De Jager, 7. Matt Hankin, 8. Jackson Wray.

Replacements: 16. Brett Sharman, 17. Richard Barrington, 18. Ben Featherstone, 19. Kennett Sharples, 20. Hayden Thompson-Stringer, 21. Tom Whiteley, 22. Thretton Palamo, 23. Alex Goode.

Latest News

RFU Disciplinary: Aaron Morris

Aaron Morris of Harlequins RFC will appear before an RFU Disciplinary panel charged with tackling the jumper in the air,…

Vereniki Goneva, Brad Barritt and Sinoti Sinoti top the OPTA Rugby Rankings

Brad Barritt topped the OPTA tackling rankings in Round 16 after a rugged performance as Saracens ended their two-game losing…

Aviva Premiership Rugby Weekend Round-up

Gavin Henson showed how costly his injury absence might have been for Bristol Rugby this season as he starred in…

Newcastle Falcons sign Yorkshire Carnegie captain Ryan Burrows

Yorkshire Carnegie captain Ryan Burrows has become Newcastle Falcons’ latest signing as the club continues its recruitment for next season.…

Dean Richards

Saints sign Springbok scrum-half

Northampton Saints has today announced the signing of Cobus Reinach ahead of the 2017/18 season. The 27-year-old scrum-half joins the…

Cobus Reinach

Wasps sign Fijian international Gaby Lovobalavu

Wasps are delighted to announce that Fijian international centre Gabiriele (Gaby) Lovobalavu will join the club ahead of the 2017/18…


Exeter Charity Celebrates hitting £1m milestone

A charity set up just six years ago to help promote the local community and the vision of people who…

Chiefs Foundation

Exeter backs agree new deals

Rob Baxter’s forward planning for next season and beyond is continuing with the news that three more of his Exeter…

Olly Woodburn

Match Reaction: Bristol Rugby 12 Bath Rugby 11

A delighted Gavin Henson admitted he felt relieved to turn in a match-winning performance for Bristol Rugby against West Country…

Match Reaction: Wasps 35 Gloucester Rugby 22

Dai Young believes Wasps’ Aviva Premiership Rugby win against Gloucester Rugby can spark a fresh wave of momentum after they…

Match Report: Wasps 35 Gloucester Rugby 22

Wasps utility back Jimmy Gopperth claimed 25 points including a hat-trick as his team restored a six-point advantage at the…

Match Report: Bristol Rugby 12 Bath Rugby 11

Gavin Henson kicked 12 points against former club Bath Rugby on his first Aviva Premiership Rugby start since October as…

Match Reaction: Exeter Chiefs 36 Newcastle Falcons 14

They may have gone above defending champions Saracens and into second place in the Aviva Premiership Rugby table, but Exeter…