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Saracens name side to face Gloucester Rugby

Saracens haver named their side to face Gloucester Rugby at Allianz Park in round 13 of the Aviva Premiership, Saturday kick-off 15h00.

Scotland centre Duncan Taylor returns to the Saracens starting line-up, with the Six Nations taking a one week hiatus. The in-form centre comes into the side at outside centre and will partner skipper Brad Barritt in the heart of the Sarries midfield. Barritt will lead the side in the absence of Alistair Hargreaves, who is ruled out of the game with an ankle injury.

Elsewhere in the Sarries backline, Ben Ransom rotates with Marcelo Bosch at full-back, and joins Chris Wyles (left wing) and Mike Ellery (right wing) in the back three.

At half-back, Richard Wigglesworth comes into the side at scrumhalf with Ben Spencer reverting to the bench. Wigglesworth will partner Charlie Hodgson in the halves.

Up front, Rhys Gill starts at loosehead prop and joins Schalk Brits and Petrus Du Plessis in the front row. USA international Hayden Smith comes into the side to replace the injured Alistair Hargreaves, and starts alongside Jim Hamilton at lock. In the back row, Will Fraser starts at openside and will link up with Michael Rhodes (blindside flanker) and Jackson Wray (No8).

On the bench, Jared Saunders, Titi Lamositele and Juan Figallo are the front row cover, whilst loose forwards Jacques Burger and Kelly Brown are also included. Ben Spencer and Nils Mordt offer cover at half-back with Marcelo Bosch the three-quarter replacement.

Saracens team to face Gloucester Rugby

15 Ben Ransom
14 Mike Ellery
13 Duncan Taylor
12 Brad Barritt (c)
11 Chris Wyles
10 Charlie Hodgson
9 Richard Wigglesworth

1 Rhys Gill
2 Schalk Brits
3 Petrus Du Plessis
4 Hayden Smith
5 Jim Hamilton
6 Michael Rhodes
7 Will Fraser
8 Jackson Wray

Replacements

16 Jared Saunders
17 Titi Lamositele
18 Juan Figallo
19 Jacques Burger
20 Kelly Brown
21 Ben Spencer
22 Nils Mordt
23 Marcelo Bosch

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