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Saracens name team to face London Irish

Saracens have named their team to face London Irish at Allianz Park in Saturday’s round three Aviva Premiership clash, kick-off at 13h00.

Club captain Alistair Hargreaves makes his first start of the season as Saracens look to build upon their 100% start to the season on Rugby World Cup Final day.

Hargreaves will be captaining a side that includes a front row that has a combined number 350 Saracens appearances to their name with experienced props Rhys Gill and Petrus Du Plessis packing down alongside Jamie George.

In the back row, Ernst Joubert is named at No8, with Jackson Wray (blindside) and Will Fraser (openside) flanking the experienced South African.

At half-back, Ben Spencer comes into the side at scrumhalf and he will partner England No10 Owen Farrell, who starts his first home game of the season.

Duncan Taylor returns to the side to partner Nick Tompkins at centre, with Alex Goode, Mike Ellery and Chris Ashton continuing in the back three.

Speaking ahead of Saturday's game, Director of Rugby Mark McCall said: ""We are facing a new-look London Irish side under the tutelage of a great coach, in Tom Coventry, who I'm sure will be very successful in the Premiership.

"They, much like ourselves they have some players returning from Rugby World Cup duty to link-up with a very strong squad. We know that we will have to be at our very best if we are to come away with the spoils.”

Saracens team to face London Irish

15 Alex Goode
14 Chris Ashton
13 Nick Tompkins
12 Duncan Taylor
11 Mike Ellery
10 Owen Farrell
9 Ben Spencer

1 Rhys Gill
2 Jamie George
3 Petrus Du Plessis
4 Maro Itoje
5 Alistair Hargreaves ©
6 Jackson Wray
7 Will Fraser     
8 Ernst Joubert

Replacements

16 Schalk Brits
17 Richard Barrington
18 Titi Lamositele
19 Jim Hamilton
20 Jacques Burger
21 Richard Wigglesworth
22 Brad Barritt
23 Chris Wyles

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