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Saracens name team to face Northampton Saints

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Saracens have named their side to face Northampton Saints for Saturday’s Aviva Premiership semi-final play-off at Franklin’s Gardens, kick-off 14h00.

In a repeat of last season's Premiership final Saracens welcome back centre Brad Barritt. The England international returns to the side to take his place at inside centre and will be partnered by Duncan Taylor in the Sarries midfield.

David Strettle and Chris Wyles are named on the wing to join Alex Goode in the Saracens back three. Chris Ashton, who has missed much of this week's training due to illness, is expected to be well enough to take a place on the bench.

In the halves, Richard Wigglesworth is named at scrum-half with Owen Farrell starting at 10.

Forward duo Jacques Burger and Petrus Du Plessis will both make their 100th appearance for the club in the Premiership play-offs. Tighthead prop Petrus Du Plessis starts the game alongside BT Sport Hooker of the Season Jamie George in the Saracens front row, with Mako Vunipola packing down at loosehead.

At lock, Alistair Hargreaves skippers the side and is partnered by England's George Kruis.

In the back-row, century man Jacques Burger starts at openside flanker to join Maro Itoje, who packs down on the blindside. Saracens Player of the Season Billy Vunipola starts at No8.

Saracens team to face Northampton Saints

15 Alex Goode
14 Chris Wyles
13 Duncan Taylor
12 Brad Barritt
11 David Strettle
10 Owen Farrell
9 Richard Wigglesworth
1 Mako Vunipola
2 Jamie George
3 Petrus Du Plessis
4 George Kruis
5 Alistair Hargreaves ©
6 Maro Itoje
7 Jacques Burger
8 Billy Vunipola

16 Schalk Brits
17 Richard Barrington
18 Juan Figallo
19 Jim Hamilton
20 Jackson Wray
21 Neil de Kock
22 Charlie Hodgson
23 Chris Ashton
 

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