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Saracens name team to face Bristol Bears

Saracens name team to face Bristol Bears

Sione Vailanu will start his first Gallagher Premiership match when Bristol Bears visit Allianz Park on Saturday.

The Tongan, who featured off the bench at Newcastle Falcons last weekend, is one of five changes to the Saracens side that recorded a bonus-point win in the North East.

Two-try debutant Alex Lewington is picked on the wing with Matt Gallagher on the other flank after impressing in the Premiership Rugby Shield. Opening round starters Sean Maitland (dislocated finger) and David Strettle (head) miss out.

Ben Spencer has recovered from illness to play at scrum-half while Nick Isiekwe comes in at lock.

Juan Figallo (PCL) and Duncan Taylor (ACL) have been ruled out for lengthy periods.

Saracens side to face Bristol at Allianz Park on Saturday 8th September (15H00 KO):

15 Alex Goode
14 Matt Gallagher
13 Alex Lozowski
12 Brad Barritt ©
11 Alex Lewington
10 Owen Farrell
9 Ben Spencer

1 Mako Vunipola
2 Jamie George
3 Vincent Koch
4 Maro Itoje
5 Nick Isiekwe
6 Michael Rhodes
7 Jackson Wray
8 Sione Vailanu

16 Christopher Tolofua
17 Richard Barrington
18 Titi Lamositele
19 Will Skelton
20 Billy Vunipola
21 Richard Wigglesworth
22 Nick Tompkins
23 Liam Williams

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