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Much-changed line-up sees Saracens flanker Will Fraser return for visit of London Wasps to Allianz Park
2:31pm Friday 4th October 2013 in Sport
Will Fraser is set to start his first match of the season as a much-changed Saracens side take on London Wasps at Allianz Park in the Premiership.
Fraser was sidelined with a shoulder injury in May and has spent the last five months recovering. The flanker was expected to be out until November.
“Obviously, I can’t wait to get going," Fraser told the official club website.
“At first I wasn’t meant to back this soon, we spoke about coming back maybe in late November so we have shaved quite the chunk of time off that, I”m a bit nervous but very excited”.
He added: “To be back is huge, preseason wasn’t too bad – I was doing my own thing in my rehab and I was OK with that but the first game we had at Allianz Park sort of broke me a little bit, so I’ve been itching to get back out at Allianz Park”.
James Johnston is set to make his first start for the Men in Black at prop while Jamie George rotates in for Schalk Brits at hooker. Rhys Gill completes the front row.
A new-look back row sees Alastair Hargreaves partner George Kruis at lock while Jackson Wray is the other flanker with Fraser. Ernst Joubert starts at number eight.
Owen Farrell is rested for the game but with Charlie Hodgson still suffering from a foot injury, it is Alex Goode who has been handed the number ten spot.
Neil de Kock comes in for Richard Wigglesworth, Michael Tagicakibau comes in for David Strettle on the wing, Ben Ransom starts at full-back and Chris Wyles joins Joel Tomkins in the centres.
Wasps have made three changes to the team that defeated Worcester last weekend.
Ed Jackson returns from illness to start in the back row, Joe Carlisle is handed his first start at flyhalf and Charlie Hayter is recalled at inside centre.
Saracens: 1. Rhys Gill, 2. Jamie George, 3. James Johnston, 4. Alastair Hargreaves, 5. George Kruis, 6. Jackson Wray, 7. Will Fraser, 8. Ernst Joubert (capt), 9. Neil de Kock, 10. Alex Goode; 11. Michael Tagicakibau, 12. Chris Wyles, 13. Joel Tomkins, 14. Chris Ashton; 15. Ben Ransom
Replacements: 16. Schalk Brits, 17. Mako Vunipola, 18. Petrus Du Plessis, 19. Mouritz Botha, 20. Kelly Brown, 21. Richard Wigglesworth, 22. Owen Farrell, 23. David Strettle
London Wasps: 1. Matt Mullan, 2. Carlo Festuccia, 3. Jake Cooper-Woolley, 4. Joe Launchbury, 5. Kearnan Myall, 6. Ed Jackson, 7. Ashley Johnson, 8. Nathan Hughes, 9. Charlie Davies, 10. Joe Carlisle, 11. Josh Bassett, 12. Charlie Hayter, 13. Chris Bell (capt), 14. Christian Wade, 15. Elliot Daly
Replacements: 16. Tom Lindsay, 17. Simon Mintyre, 18. Will Taylor, 19. James Cannon, 20. Guy Thompson, 21. Jack Moates, 22. Andy Goode, 23. Ben Jacobs
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