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Saracens name side to face Falcons in Anglo-Welsh Cup

Saracens have named their team to face Newcastle Falcons for Saturday’s round two Anglo-Welsh Cup fixture at Allianz Park, kick-off 13h00.

Wing Nathan Earle returns to the Saracens starting XV for the first time this season. Earle, who won the ITM Cup with Canterbury in a successful loan spell in New Zealand is back in Saracens colours at Allianz Park and will join Mike Ellery and Andrew Fenby in the Saracens back three.

In the halves, Henry Taylor comes in at scrum half to join Tom Whiteley who will continue in the number ten shirt. Tom Griffiths continues at inside centre after an impressive debut and is joined by Nick Tompkins in the Sarries midfield.

Kelly Brown captains a youthful Saracens team from flanker. The experienced former Scotland skipper will line up at openside flanker alongside Joel Conlon (blindside flanker) and Samu Vunisa (No8) in the back-row.

Nick Isiekewe and Mark Flanagan continue at lock forward whilst in the front row Petrus Du Plessis comes in for Vincent Koch (who is away on international duty) at tighthead prop to join Scott Spurling (hooker) and Richard Barrington (loosehead prop).

Ian Vass, Saracens academy coach: “On Saturday we’ll face a very competitive Newcastle Falcons side on the back of last weekend’s tight defeat to Gloucester. This is a young side and they’ll learn from the experience at Kingsholm. Their reaction this week in training has been superb, but despite last Saturday’s result there were plenty of positives that we will take into Saturday’s game and we’re looking forward to the challenge.”

Saracens

15 Andrew Fenby (1)
14 Mike Ellery (30)
13 Nick Tompkins (43)
12 Tom Griffiths (1)
11 Nathan Earle (6)
10 Tom Whiteley (1)
9 Henry Taylor (1)

1 Richard Barrington (91)
2 Scott Spurling (18)
3 Petrus Du Plessis (140)
4 Nick Iwiekwe (1)
5 Mark Flanagan (2)
6 Joel Conlon (1)
7 Kelly Brown (c) (136)
8 Samu Vunisa (8)

Replacements
16 Jared Saunders (38)
17 Hayden Thompson-Stringer (5)
18 Billy Walker (2)
19 Jack Nay (1)
20 Ben Earl (1)
21 Neil De Kock (256)
22 Matt Gallagher (3)
23 George Perkins (4)

Allianz Park hosts its first Anglo-Welsh game of the season when Saracens take on Newcastle Falcons this Saturday but fans can also catch all the action from England v South Africa as the Autumn Internationals get underway.

Saracens will take to the field against Newcastle at 13:00 with England v South Africa to be screened around the ground following the conclusion of the Saracens fixture. There will be a fan zone in the North end of the ground and food concessions will remain open during the England fixture so fans can grab a bite to eat while watching the game.

The Saracens Shuttle Buses will be in service until 17h00.

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