TEAM NEWS | Saracens Men v Bristol Bears (GPR - Rd 7)
Jamie George says the squad are looking to keep making strides forward as the in-form Saracens Men welcome Bristol Bears to StoneX Stadium on Saturday.
Sarries are aiming to make it five wins on the bounce in the Gallagher Premiership and head in to the game with a spring in their step after a memorable Derby Day victory at The Twickenham Stoop last weekend.
Director of Rugby Mark McCall has made four changes to the starting line-up for the visit of the Bears, with two up front and two to the back-line.
Mako Vunipola, Jamie George and Christian Judge will operate in the front-row, and Maro Itoje and Hugh Tizard maintain their second-row partnership.
Tom Willis comes in to the back-row, and he will pack down at the base of the scrum with in-form duo Andy Christie and Billy Vunipola.
Aled Davies starts at scrum-half alongside captain Owen Farrell, and Elliot Daly comes in to the midfield to partner up with Nick Tompkins.
Tom Parton stays on the left wing after an impressive display against Harlequins, whilst Alex Lewington and Alex Goode complete a pacy back-three.
On the bench there is a huge injury boost as Theo McFarland could make his return, and Olly Hartley will be looking to impress again after his try-scoring exploits in the Derby.
George is aware that the Bears will bring threats from all over the pitch on Saturday.
“Bristol are a very good team with superstars throughout their squad. We’ll of course be welcoming Max Malins back which we’re excited about as well!
It’s been a good few weeks for us in terms of performances and we want to keep building to make sure we’re at our best this weekend.”
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Saracens Men team to play Bristol Bears:
1 Mako Vunipola
2 Jamie George
3 Christian Judge
4 Maro Itoje
5 Hugh Tizard
6 Tom Willis
7 Andy Christie
8 Billy Vunipola
9 Aled Davies
10 Owen Farrell (c)
11 Tom Parton
12 Nick Tompkins
13 Elliot Daly
14 Alex Lewington
15 Alex Goode
16 Kapeli Pifeleti
17 Eroni Mawi
18 Alec Clarey
19 Theo McFarland
20 Toby Knight
21 Gareth Simpson
22 Olly Hartley
23 Sean Maitland