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Preview: Saracens v Worcester Warriors

Preview: Saracens v Worcester Warriors

Saracens are on the hunt for a tenth straight win in all competitions and there could hardly be a grander stage for the occasion – the London Double Header at Twickenham.

The Aviva Premiership Rugby champions have a winning run that stretches back to last season and includes the Final at HQ, when they beat Bath Rugby to lift the trophy.

Next in their sights are Worcester Warriors, Dean Ryan’s newly-promoted outfit who began the campaign with a bang by toppling 2013-14 champions Northampton Saints.

And fly-half Charlie Hodgson, who announced this week that he will retire this summer, is expecting a stern test.

“They have recruited well and bringing in experienced Premiership campaigners like Phil Dowson looks to be a really good move,” he said.

“There is some real talent in the backs as well, and we know that guys like Cooper Vuna can be really dangerous.

“With guys like Tom Heathcote and Ryan Lamb running the show, they have got some great players so we know we’re in for a great game.

“You want to make the most of every trip to Twickenham and we’re all really excited about it. We’ve done well there recently, and in the double header in particular we’ve had some great wins.

“Those are the sorts of games you just hate to lose, but when you win them, it’s very special.”

Saracens have an impressive recent record at Twickenham, having lost just once in their last five visits there – an extra-time defeat to Northampton in the 2014 Aviva Premiership Rugby Final.

Worcester, meanwhile, have won two and lost two in the competition this season, with both victories arriving on home soil at Sixways.

The Warriors have never played a game of XVs at Twickenham before, but did appear in the Middlesex Sevens on seven occasions.

And, when it comes to previous meetings between the two sides, Saracens have won the last three league contests, since Worcester's 12-3 victory at Sixways in November 2012.

“Of course this game stands out on the calendar,” said Worcester hooker Niall Annett. “You would always pick out a game at Twickenham – that is something every rugby player would love to take part in.

“I have never actually played there before so I am sure it will be a great occasion and hopefully we can put in a good performance to match.

“Saracens have got fantastic pedigree, the reigning champions with international class everywhere.

“These are the games that you play rugby for, to go up against the best teams, in the best environments and this will certainly be that – it’s exciting to see how we will go.”

Twickenham Stadium, 3.15pm – Live on BT Sport

Referee: Ian Tempest (10th Premiership game).
Assistant Referees: Peter Huckle & Nigel Carrick. TMO: Rowan Kitt.

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