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Saracens name team for LV=Cup semi final

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Saracens have named their side to face Northampton Saints in Saturday’s LV=Cup semi-final at Allianz Park, kick-off 12h30.

Joe Shaw's side are unbeaten in this season's cup campaign, and the Saracens LV=Cup coach has selected a side with a mixture of youth and experienced for the final four clash.

Ben Ransom starts at full back and is joined by Mike Ellery and David Strettle in the Saracens back three.

At centre, Tim Streather slots in to wear the No12 shirt and partners Argentine international Marcelo Bosch in the Sarries midfield.

At halfback, Ben Spencer starts at No9 and will link-up with Nils Mordt, who will be facing his former club.

Up front, Wales international Rhys Gill packs down alongside Jared Saunders and Argentine tighthead Juan Figallo. At lock, Maro Itoje continues to skipper the LV=Cup side and is joined by USA international Hayden Smith.

In the back row, Nick De Jager starts at blindside flanker, with LV=Cup Breakthrough Player of the Year nominee Matt Hankin starting at openside. Experienced back rower Ernst Joubert is named at No8.

Saracens side to face Northampton Saints

15 Ben Ransom; 14 Mike Ellery, 13 Marcelo Bosch, 12 Tim Streather, 11 David Strettle; 10 Nils Mordt, 9 Ben Spencer; 1 Rhys Gill, 2 Jared Saunders, 3 Juan Figallo, 4 Maro Itoje ©, 5 Hayden Smith, 6 Nick De Jager, 7 Matt Hankin, 8 Ernst Joubert.

Replacements: 16 Scott Spurling, 17 Richard Barrington, 18 Biyi Alo, 19 George Kruis, 20 Kelly Brown, 21 Tom Whiteley, 22 Thretton Palamo, 23 Catalin Fercu

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