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Saracens name team to face Newcastle Falcons

Saracens have named their team to face Newcastle Falcons for Sunday’s round six Aviva Premiership clash at Kingston Park, kick-off 15h15.

Fresh from signing a multi-year contract extension with the Allianz Park club, Jamie George will skipper Saracens in the North East, with the England hooker handed the captain's armband for the second time this season.

George will pack down alongside Richard Barrington (loosehead prop) and Juan Figallo (tighthead prop) in the Sarries front row. George Kruis and Maro Itoje will partner each other in the second row, with Alistair Hargreaves and Jim Hamilton both unavailable.

Will Fraser returns to the side at openside flanker, with Samulea Vunisa set to make his full Saracens debut from No8 – Jackson Wray continues at blindside flanker.

At half-back, Ben Spencer will make his fourth Premiership start of the season at scrumhalf after a fine display against Worcester Warriors in the London Double Header, and will partner Charlie Hodgson in the halves.

At centre, Scotland international Duncan Taylor will wear the No12 jersey with Nick Tompkins named at outside centre.

In the back-three, England international Alex Goode returns to the side and will link-up with Chris Wyles and Mike Ellery.

Ahead of the game, Mark McCall: "We are well aware of the task that faces us on Sunday afternoon. The Falcons ran us very close in our last meeting at Kingston Park, and we are expecting another tough game this weekend.

"We are on a good a run, but that will mean very little if we don't turn up on Sunday with the right approach. Dean Richards has put together a very strong squad at Newcastle who are traditionally very strong at home. It will be a real test for us.”

Saracens team to face Newcastle Falcons

15 Alex Goode
14 Mike Ellery
13 Nick Tompkins
12 Duncan Taylor
11 Chris Wyles
10 Charlie Hodgson
9 Ben Spencer
1 Richard Barrington
2 Jamie George ©
3 Juan Figallo
4 Maro Itoje
5 George Kruis
6 Jackson Wray
7 Will Fraser
8 Samuela Vunisa

Replacements

16 Jared Saunders
17 Mako Vunipola
18 Petrus Du Plessis
19 Michael Rhodes
20 Billy Vunipola
21 Neil De Kock
22 Tim Streather
23 Ben Ransom

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