Youth and experience combine in Flats’ XV this week
The old meets the new in Flats’ XV after a compelling first round of action in the Premiership Rugby Cup.
Five full-blown internationals are in the team that sees Saracens dominate the pack and Newcastle Falcons and Worcester Warriors dominate the backline.
Up front, Calum Clark caught Flats’ eye on his return from injury in the back row for Saracens and is joined by Sione Vailanu at No.8
Their Saracens teammates Joel Kpoku – on his senior debut for the club – is in the second row after his man-of-the-match award.
Saracens downed Leicester Tigers on Saturday but despite the defeat, flanker Sam Lewis does merit inclusion at openside for his impressive display.
Elsewhere in the pack, Dino Lamb and Lewis Boyce from Harlequins get the nod following their efforts in winning at the Rec.
Logovi’i Mulipola of Newcastle Falcons and Todd Gleave of Gloucester Rugby join Boyce in the front row.
In the backs, Luther Burrell returned from injury and caught the eye for Northampton at 12, one outside from fly-half James Grayson who gets the nods from Flats.
Springbok Francois Venter joins Burrell in midfield and his Worcester teammate and Wales winger Josh Adams also is rewarded for their fine Friday night win over Sale Sharks.
Tom Homer of Bath gets the No.15 jersey, hat-trick hero Zach Kibirige is on the other wing and Ben Vellacott of Gloucester partners Grayson in the half-backs.
Flats XV of Premiership Rugby Cup Round 1:
15. Tom Homer (Bath)
14. Josh Adams (Worcester Warriors)
13. Francois Venter (Worcester Warriors)
12. Luther Burrell (Northampton Saints)
11. Zach Kibirige (Newcastle Falcons)
10. James Grayson (Northampton Saints)
9. Ben Vellacott (Gloucester)
1. Lewis Boyce (Harlequins)
2. Todd Gleave (Gloucester)
3. Logovi’i Mulipola (Newcastle Falcons)
4. Joel Kpoku (Saracens)
5. Dino Lamb (Harlequins)
6. Calum Clark (Saracens)
7. Sam Lewis (Leicester Tigers)
8. Sione Vailanu (Saracens)