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Farrell And Vunipola Brothers Missing For Saracens’ Trip To Munster

Saracens have opted to leave a number of heavy-hitters at home for their trip to Munster for Saturday’s Heineken Champions Cup clash in Thomond Park. 

World Cup finalists, Owen Farrell, Mako Vunipola, George Kruis, Jamie George, Billy Vunipola and Elliot Daly have all been left out of the Saracens side though Maro Itoje is named along with captain Brad Barritt is set to make his 250th appearance.

Barritt is partnered in the centre by Alex Lozowski who will also reach a landmark of 100 caps.

Rotimi Segun returns outside him on the right flank after scoring twice in the last round in the victory over Ospreys and the speedster will line up in the back three alongside fellow Academy graduate Matt Gallagher.

A fresh-looking half-back pairing of Ben Spencer and Manu Vunipola will look to control proceedings in Limerick and in front of them they have four new additions to the Saracens pack.

Richard Barrington and Jack Singleton are back in the front row role and Maro Itoje switches to lock to accommodate Nick Isiekwe on the blindside. Jackson Wray and Ben Earl complete the back row.

On the bench, Kapeli Pifeleti (knee) and Max Malins (foot) have recovered from long-term injuries with the latter included in a match day 23 for the first time this season.

Meanwhile, Munster have named a strong outfit for the clash in Thomond Park with only Stephen Archer surviving from the side’s loss to Edinburgh in the PRO14.

Nick McCarthy is named on the bench and could make his first start in Europe should he replace Conor Murray.

You can read the full team here.

Saracens team v Munster: Matt Gallagher, Rotimi Segun, Alex Lozowski, Brad Barritt, Alex Lewington, Manu Vunipola, Ben Spencer; Richard Barrington, Jack Singleton, Titi Lamositele, Will Skelton, Maro Itoje, Nick Isiekwe, Ben Earl, Jackson Wray.

Replacements: Kapeli Pifeleti, Rhys Carre, Josh Ibuanokpe, Joel Kpoku, Sean Reffell, Tom Whiteley, Max Malins, Nick Tompkins.

Kick-off in Thomond Park on Saturday is 5.30pm.


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Author: Marisa Kennedy

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