Preview: Saracens v Castres

18th Dec 2009, 12:18

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The rematch! Saracens try to break down Castres' defence

The rematch! Saracens try to break down Castres' defence

Castres, who freely stated this week that their focus is now firmly on the Top 14, have nevertheless named a strong side for the trip to Watford.

Castres, who freely stated this week that their focus is now firmly on the Top 14, have nevertheless named a strong side for the trip to Watford.

Charlie Sika returns to the centres and there's a return for international flanker Ibrahim Diarra in a reshuffled back row.

There's also a spot for experienced lock Rodrigo Capo Ortega ahead of Russian international Kiril Kulemin and a completely new front row in Daniel Saayman, Georgian international Aksventi Giorgadze and Yannick Forestier.

More to follow...

Saracens: tbc

Castres: 15 Thomas Bouquié, 14 Matthieu Bourret, 13 Charles Sika, 12 Philip Christophers, 11 Paul Bonnefond, 10 Romain Boscus, 9 Thomas Sanchou, 8 Joe Tekori, 7 Darron Nell, 6 Ibrahim Diarra, 5 Ludovic Michaux, 4 Rodrigo Capo Ortega, 3 Daniel Saayman, 2 Akvsenti Giorgadze, 1 Yannick Forestier.
Replacements: 16 Marc-Antoine Rallier, 17 Gideon Lensing, 18 Yoann Rayssac, 19 Kirill Kulemin, 20 Yannick Caballero, 21 Alexandre Albouy, 22 Yoan Audrin, 23 Maxime Boyer.

Date: Saturday, December 19
Kick-off: 20.00 GMT
Venue: Vicarage Road
Referee: Peter Allan (Scotland)
Assistant referees: David Changleng (Scotland), Rob Dickson (Scotland)
Television match official: John Burtenshaw (England)
Assessor: Roger Baileff (England)