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Saracens name team to face Toulon

Saracens have named their team to face Toulon at the Stade Felix-Mayol in Saturday’s round one European Rugby Champions Cup clash, kick-off 16h15 (local).

Saracens welcome back fly-half Owen Farrell to the starting line-up as the north Londoners kick-off their European title defence at the home of three-time winners. The England playmaker is set to make his first appearance of the season after recovering from a back and hip injury that has ruled out the 25-year old from his side’s opening six Aviva Premiership fixtures. He will be partnered by Richard Wigglesworth in the halves.

There are three survivors from Saracens last visit to Toulon back in 2009, with Brad Barritt, Alex Goode and Chris Wyles all included in the Saracens side having played in the club’s first outing at the Stade Felix-Mayol seven years ago. Barritt skippers the side from centre and is partnered by Marcelo Bosch, whilst Goode (full-back) and Wyles (left wing) are joined by Sean Maitland in the Saracens back three.

Up front, Mako Vunipola starts at loosehead prop and is joined by Jamie George (hooker) and Juan Figallo (tighthead prop) in the Sarries front row with Maro Itoje and George Kruis packing down at lock.

Jackson Wray will run out for his 150th Saracens appearance at blindside flanker, with the academy graduate joined by No8 Billy Vunipola and Schalk Burger. The former Springbok skipper is set for his European Rugby Champions Cup debut from openside flanker.

On his side’s opening game of the Champions Cup, director of rugby Mark McCall said: “Our game against Wasps was good preparation for a game like Saturday’s but there are parts of game where we’ll need to step up for a team as strong as Toulon. We have a group who relish these kinds of challenges and big occasions – I’m confident that our players will thrive in such an atmosphere.”

 

Saracens Team to face Toulon

15 Alex Goode (213)

14 Sean Maitland (3)

13 Marcelo Bosch (73)

12 Brad Barritt (c) (177)

11 Chris Wyles (212)

10 Owen Farrell (135)

9 Richard Wigglesworth (161)

1 Mako Vunipola (106)

2 Jamie George (155)

3 Juan Figallo (40)

4 Maro Itoje (58)

5 George Kruis (127)

6 Jackson Wray (149)

7 Schalk Burger (5)

8 Billy Vunipola (66)

Replacements

16 Schalk Brits (176)

17 Richard Barrington (87)

18 Petrus Du Plessis (137)

19 Jim Hamilton (54)

20 Michael Rhodes (33)

21 Ben Spencer (78)

22 Alex Lozowski (6)

23 Mike Ellery (28)

 

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