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A mixture of youth and experience will take to the field for Saracens. Nineteen-year-old Manu Vunipola returns from England under-20s duty to take his place at fly-half meaning a switch back to full-back for Alex Goode – his first appearance in the 15 jersey since last season’s Gallagher Premiership final.
Tom Whiteley comes in at scrum-half for his first start of the league season and will be behind a pack with four changes from the trip to Sale in the Premiership Rugby Cup last time out.
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Back from international duty with Wales, Rhys Carre takes his place at loosehead and South Africa international Vincent Koch is reinstated at tighthead. Hooker Tom Woolstencroft remains in the front row.
Calum Clark and Jackson Wray are back at openside flanker and No8 respectively, joining Nick Isiekwe in the back row and locks Joel Kpoku and Callum Hunter-Hill continue their partnership for the third match in a row.
— Saracens Rugby Club (@Saracens) February 14, 2020
Meanwhile, Ben Curry will enter the record books this weekend as the 21-year-old becomes the youngest player to make 100 appearances for Sale.
Steve Diamond makes two personnel changes to the Sharks’ matchday-23 he named to face Saracens just eight days ago in the Premiership Cup semi-final, Chris Ashton and Byron McGuigan returning to the back three.
— Sale Sharks? (@SaleSharksRugby) February 14, 2020
After announcing his retirement plans this week, Rob Webber will make his final trip to Allianz Park as a player and after returning from Wales’ Six Nations camp, Will-Griff John moves back into the starting line up alongside Ross Harrison as the Sharks continue to consistently rotate their front row options throughout the season.
The rest of the forwards remain unchanged for the trip to Allianz Park. Bryn Evans and Jean-Luc du Preez start in the lock, with the formidable partnership of Jono Ross, Curry and last week’s man of the match Daniel du Preez making up the back row.
— RugbyPass (@RugbyPass) February 13, 2020
Will Cliff continues to demonstrate his electric form at scrum half and partners up with Rob du Preez in the half-back roles.
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