Exiles name team for Saracens game

The London Irish team to take on Saracens on Saturday in the club’s final Zurich Premiership game of the season at home has been named.

The London Irish team to take on Saracens on Saturday in the club’s final Zurich Premiership game of the season at home has been named.

There are four changes to the starting line-up that played Newcastle last Sunday.

Rob Hoadley starts instead of Nils Mordt at inside centre, Mark Mapletoft is at out half, Neal Hatley and Naka Drotske come in at loose head prop and hooker respectively, both having recovered from minor injuries.

Unavailable for selection due to injury is Pierre Durant (knee).

Looking forward to Saturday’s match, head coach Gary Gold said: “We had to work hard for our victory at Kingston Park last Sunday.

“We will have to work every bit as hard if we are to win against a strong Saracens team on Saturday.

“Managing our squad to best effect gets even more difficult as we come to the end of the season so we have tried to make as few changes to the team as possible.

“Chris Sheasby starts at number eight for what may be his last game in the Premiership.”

London Irish (Zurich Premiership v Saracens): 15 Michael Horak; 14 Paul Sackey; 13 Geoff Appleford; 12 Rob Hoadley; 11 Justin Bishop; 10 Mark Mapletoft; 9 Darren Edwards; 1 Neal Hatley; 2 Naka Drotske; 3 Rob Hardwick; 4 Ryan Strudwick (captain); 5.Nick Kennedy; 6 Paul Gustard; 7 Kieron Dawson; 8 Chris Sheasby.

Substitutes from:

16 Adrian Flavin; 17 Doug Wheatley; 18 Kieran Roche; 19 Bob Casey; 20 Declan Danaher; 21 Phil Murphy; 22 Kevin Barrett; 23 Barry Everitt; 24.Nick Greenstock.

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