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Saracens name team for Sandy Park semi-final

Duncan Taylor

Saracens have named their side to face Exeter Chiefs for Saturday’s Aviva Premiership semi-final at Sandy Park, kick-off 14h30 (Live on BT Sport).

Mark McCall makes one change to the side that defeated ASM Clermont Auvergne in Edinburgh in the Champions Cup final, with skipper Brad Barritt forced to sit-out the clash with a leg injury.

Owen Farrell will skipper Saracens in Barritt’s enforced absence, with Scotland international Duncan Taylor coming into the side at inside centre.

Up front, loosehead prop Mako Vunipola packs down alongside Jamie George in the Saracens front row with Vincent Koch continuing at tighthead prop. Maro Itoje and George Kruis are named at lock-forward, whilst in the back-row Billy Vunipola starts at No8 alongside the in-form loose forward duo of Michael Rhodes (blindside flanker) and Jackson Wray (openside flanker).

Scrum-half Richard Wigglesworth partners skipper Owen Farrell, whilst at centre, Duncan Taylor partners Marcelo Bosch. In the back-three, Sean Maitland (injury) is replaced by Chris Wyles on the left-wing to join Chris Ashton (right-wing) and Alex Goode.

On the bench, experienced front-row duo Schalk Brits and Petrus Du Plessis are joined by USA international Titi Lamositele, with Jim Hamilton taking his place amongst the replacements – Schalk Burger takes the other forwards replacements spot. Ben Spencer is the replacement scrum-half, joining Alex Lozowski and Mike Ellery in the matchday 23.

Saracens team to face Exeter Chiefs

15 Alex Goode (230)
14 Chris Ashton (117)
13 Marcelo Bosch (96)
12 Duncan Taylor (101)
11 Chris Wyles (226)
10 Owen Farrell (c) (151)
9 Richard Wigglesworth (185)

1 Mako Vunipola (118)
2 Jamie George (172)
3 Vincent Koch (15)
4 Maro Itoje (74)
5 George Kruis (136)
6 Michael Rhodes (56)
7 Jackson Wray (172)
8 Billy Vunipola (77)

Replacements
16 Schalk Brits (202)
17 Titi Lamositele (46)
18 Petrus Du Plessis (158)
19 Jim Hamilton (75)
20 Schalk Burger (25)
21 Ben Spencer (100)
22 Alex Lozowski (31)
23 Mike Ellery (40)

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