Gaffney makes changes for Bristol trip

Saracens travel to Bristol on Sunday looking to build on their third place in the Guinness Premiership and Director of Alan Gaffney has made a number of changes to his team for the trip to the Memorial Ground.

Richard Hill, Andy Farrell and Glen Jackson are among those returning to the starting line-up for the game with Iain Fullarton and Kameli Ratuvou also back in the team.

Prop Matias Aguero is also given a full debut after impressive performances in the Guinness A-League matches. The Italian international picked up a neck injury on World Cup duty last year and only returned to full fitness in December.

On the bench, Tom Mercey comes in for the rested Cencus Johnston with Richard Haughton and Adam Powell also among the replacements.

Speaking ahead of the game, Gaffney said: “We know we didn’t perform last weekend against Newcastle and that was disappointing in front of a big crowd. We’ve made changes this week and we will be going to Bristol to win the game, but we’re under no illusions as to the size of the task ahead of us. Bristol have a very proud home record and we are expecting a very tough test.

“We’ve given a full debut to Aguero this weekend after what has been a delayed start to his Saracens career. He’s performed well in the A-games and deserves the chance to show what he can do.”

Saracens team vs Bristol

15 Brent Russell
14 Rodd Penney
13 Kevin Sorrell
12 Andy Farrell
11 Kameli Ratuvou
10 Glen Jackson
9 Neil de Kock

1 Matias Aguero
2 Fabio Ongaro
3 Cobus Visagie
4 Chris Jack
5 Iain Fullarton
6 Paul Gustard
7 Richard Hill
8 Ben Skirving

16 Andy Kyriacou
17 Tom Mercey
18 Tom Ryder
19 Don Barrell
20 Alan Dickens
21 Adam Powell
22 Richard Haughton

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