Vincent Koch to reach a century against Ealing

Vincent Koch to reach a century against Ealing

Saracens' Vincent Koch will reach 100 appearances for the club as the prop is named in the squad to face Ealing Trailfinders on Sunday.

The World Cup winner’s landmark falls nicely on the second leg of the Greene King IPA Championship play-off final with Sarries boasting a healthy 60-point advantage.


 

 

Director of Rugby Mark McCall has named an unchanged starting line-up for the final game of the season at StoneX Stadium, the Men in Black knowing another victory will confirm their place back in the Gallagher Premiership.


 

 


A front-row of Mako Vunipola, Jamie George and Koch will be aiming for more of the same after an impressive scrummaging display at Trailfinders Sports Club, with Maro Itoje and Tim Swinson in the second-row.

 

 

 

The back-row remains the same with Michael Rhodes  set to make his 107th and final appearance for Saracens, bringing to an end a seven-year stay in north London.

 

 

Aled Davies and Owen Farrell continue as half-backs, with the skipper now the top point scorer in the league – 18 points last week taking his tally up to 91 in just six appearances.

 

 

Nick Tompkins and Elliot Daly are in the midfield, with the back three of Sean Maitland, Alex Lewington and Alex Goode looking to finish the season in style.

 

 

Andy Christie and Manu Vunipola are two new faces among the replacements, while Tom Whiteley will be looking to sign off his time as a Saracen with an impact from the bench.

 

 

 

Springbok Koch has spoken of his pride at becoming the 13th member of the current squad to reach 100 appearances for Saracens.

“It’s a massive honour and I’m very humbled by it. This club has been on an unbelievable journey and it’s a dream come true to make 100 appearances,” he said.

 

 

“From day one the coaches have looked after me and it’s an honour to play with such world class players week in, week out. The way the club has looked after my family is amazing, it is truly special to be part of this club both on and off the field.”

 

 

 

Saracens Men team to play Ealing Trailfinders:

15 Alex Goode

14 Alex Lewington

13 Elliot Daly

12 Nick Tompkins

11 Sean Maitland

10 Owen Farrell (c)

9 Aled Davies

1 Mako Vunipola

2 Jamie George

3 Vincent Koch

4 Maro Itoje

5 Tim Swinson

6 Michael Rhodes

7 Jackson Wray

8 Billy Vunipola

Replacements:

16 Tom Woolstencroft

17 Ralph Adams-Hale

18 Alec Clarey

19 Callum Hunter-Hill

20 Andy Christie

21 Tom Whiteley

22 Manu Vunipola

23 Duncan Taylor

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