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Saracens Team Announcement

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Saracens have announced their side to face Exeter Chiefs for this Saturday’s round 9 Aviva Premiership clash at Sandy Park, kick-off 16h30.

Jacques Burger comes into the side at openside flanker, as he returns to Sandy Park a year after breaking the all-time Premiership tackling record in last season's corresponding fixture. Burger is joined by Will Fraser and Ernst Joubert, who pack down at blindside flanker and No.8.

At lock, Mouritz Botha comes into the side to partner skipper Alistair Hargreaves, whilst in the front row, Rhys Gill, Jamie George and James Johnston all start.

At half-back, experienced scrum-half Neil de Kock joins Charlie Hodgson, whilst into the midfield, Duncan Taylor returns at outside centre alongside Chris Wyles.

In the back three, Chris Ashton and David Strettle start on the wings, with Alex Goode wearing the No.15 jersey.

On the bench, Mako Vunipola returns to the matchday squad for the first time this season, whilst England U20s Junior World Championship winning duo Maro Itoje and Nick Tompkins are also included.

 Saracens team to face Exeter Chiefs:

15. Alex Goode; 14. Chris Ashton, 13. Duncan Taylor, 12. Chris Wyles, 11. David Strettle; 10. Charlie Hodgson, 9. Neil de Kock; 1. Rhys Gill, 2. Jamie George, 3. James Johnston, 4. Mouritz Botha, 5. Alistair Hargreaves ©, 6. Will Fraser, 7. Jacques Burger, 8. Ernst Joubert.

Replacements; 16. Brett Sharman, 17. Mako Vunipola, 18. Juan Figallo, 19. Maro Itoje, 20. Kelly Brown, 21. Ben Spencer, 22. Nick Tompkins, 23. Ben Ransom

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