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Saracens team to play Newcastle Falcons

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Steven Sparks making his debut for his new club in his native North East whilst second rower and captain Simon Raiwalui starts for the first time and will partner Kris Chesney, Alex Codling missing out after failing a late fitness test.

Star summer signing Taine Randell, the former All Black skipper, is another new boy and will steady the ship at No.8.

Wale's Morgan Williams starts at scrum-half and will partnering Andy Goode, while Thomas Castaignède will look to knock holes in the Falcons from fullback and thus give his famous two finger salute to the France selectors who omitted him from their World Cup squad.

Darragh O'Mahony is attending his brother's wedding in Ireland so Nathan McAvoy and Richard Haughton get runs on the wings.

Saracens: 15 Thomas Castaignède, 14 Richard Haughton, 13 Ben Johnston, 12 Kevin Sorrell, 11 Nathan McAvoy, 10 Andy Goode, 9 Morgan Williams, 8 Taine Randell, 7 Ryan Peacey, 6 Tony Roques, 5 Kris Chesney, 4 Simon Raiwalui (captain), 3 Emiliano Bergamaschi, 2 Joe Ross, 1 Steven Sparks.Replacements: 16 James Parkes, 17 Aston Croall, 18 Ben Broster, 19 Ben Skirving, 20 Dan Kirton, 21 Paul Bailey, 22 Adryan Winnan.

Kick-off: 14.30 (13.30 GMT)


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