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Saracens name side to face Harlequins


Saracens have named their side to face Harlequins in round one of the LV=Cup at Allianz Park on Sunday, kick-off 13h00.

Juan Figallo is set to make his Saracens debut at tighthead prop. The Argentine international who signed for the club from Top 14 side Montpellier in the summer, has recovered from a calf injury to take his place in the front row alongside Scott Spurling and Rhys Gill.

Elsewhere in the Saracens forwards, Jim Hamilton is partnered by Mouritz Botha at lock, with Maro Itoje captaining the side from the blindside flanker. Itoje is joined by Jacques Burger and Ernst Joubert in the back row.

At half-back Ben Spencer partners Nils Mordt, whilst at centre, Duncan Taylor is named alongside Nick Tompkins.

In the back-three, Romanian winger Catalin Fercu starts on the left wing, with summer signing Mike Ellery on the opposite flank – Ben Ransom is named at full-back.

On the bench, trialist Brett Sharman is named as replacement hooker, with Richard Barrington & Biyi Alo the other front-row replacements. Nick de Jager and Matt Hankin are also named in the squad, with Tom Whiteley, Argentine international Marcelo Bosch and former New Zealand 7s player Jack Wilson also named in the squad.

Saracens side to face Harlequins:

15. Ben Ransom; 14. Mike Ellery, 13. Nick Tomkins, 12. Duncan Taylor, 11. Catalin Fercu; 10. Nils Mordt, 9. Ben Spencer; 1. Rhys Gill, 2. Scott Spurling, 3. Juan Figallo; 4. Jim Hamilton, 5. Mouritz Botha, 6. Maro Itoje (Capt.), 7. Jacques Burger, 8. Ernst Joubert.

Replacements: 16. Brett Sharman, 17. Richard Barrington, 18. Biyi Alo, 19. Nick De Jager, 20. Matt Hankin, 21. Tom Whiteley, 22. Marcelo Bosch, 23. Jack Wilson.

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