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23rd January 2014 14:25

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Hooker: Schalk Brits

Saracens have named their squad to face the Sharks in Saturday's friendly match against the South African Super Rugby franchise at Allianz Park.

Steve Borthwick is captain and is partnered by England second-rower Mouritz Botha. In the front-row, British and Irish Lions tighthead prop Matt Stevens starts, and is joined by Springbok hooker Schalk Brits and loosehead Richard Barrington.

Former Blue Bulls flanker Jacques Burger returns to the side to start in the seven shirt. He is joined by former Western Province loose-forward Justin Melck and the experienced former Golden Lions number eight Ernst Joubert in the back-row.

At half-back, South African international Neil de Kock is partnered by the English Premiership's record points scorer Charlie Hodgson, whilst in the midfield, Argentina's Marcelo Bosch is joined by Fijian flyer Michael Tagicakibau to form an all international centre partnership.

David Strettle starts on the left wing and is partnered by 2011 Premiership final match winner James Short. USA international full-back Chris Wyles makes up the starting XV at fifteen.

On the bench, Japanese international Takashi Kikutani is included. The Cherry Blossom international has been training with club since the new year.

Saracens: 15 Chris Wyles, 14 James Short, 13 Michael Tagicakibau, 12 Marcelo Bosch, 11 David Strettle, 10 Charlie Hodgson, 9 Neil de Kock, 8 Ernst Joubert, 7 Jacques Burger, 6 Justin Melck, 5 Mouritz Botha, 4 Steve Borthwick (c), 3 Matt Stevens, 2 Schalk Brits, 1 Richard Barrington.
Replacements: 16 Scott Spurling, 17 Nick Auterac, 18 Petrus Du Plessis, 19 Tom Jubb, 20 Takashi Kikutani, 21 Richard Wigglesworth, 22 Duncan Taylor, 23 Sam Stanley.

Date: Saturday, January 25
Venue: Allianz Park
Kick-off: 14:30 GMT (16:30 SA)
Referee: Tim Wigglesworth (England)
Assistant Referees: Matthew Carley (England), Gareth Copsey (England)
TMO: Sean Davey (England)

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