Saracens opt for experience against Munster as Mako Vunipola returns

PUBLISHED: 12:28 19 April 2019 | UPDATED: 12:33 19 April 2019

Mako and Billy Vunipola both start for Saracens against Munster. Picture: RICHARD SELLERS/PA

Mako and Billy Vunipola both start for Saracens against Munster. Picture: RICHARD SELLERS/PA

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Mark McCall has opted for experience as Saracens take on Munster in the semi-final of the Heineken Champions Cup.

The Sarries' director rugby has been 10 changes to the starting side from the one that began in the defeat to Bristol Bears on Saturday.

It means there is no place in the Ricoh Arena showdown for former Old Albanian pair Nick Isiekwe and Max Malins or Harpenden's Ralph Adams-Hale.

George Kruis will make his 50th European appearance while scrum-half Richard Wigglesworth's long-awaited return from injury will see him to a century of games in Europe off the bench.

Captain Brad Barritt has also recovered from an ankle injury to slot back in at inside-centre alongside Alex Lozowski.

Elsewhere Liam Williams comes back in on the wing while Ben Spencer and Owen Farrell are the half-back pairing.

American international Titi Lamositele keeps his place in the front row and is joined by Mako Vunipola, making his first Sarries appearance since January, and Jamie George.

Maro Itoje partners Kruis in the boiler and Billy Vunipola starts at number eight.

Sarcens: Mako Vunipola, Jamie George, Titi Lamositele, Maro Itoje, George Kruis, Mike Rhodes, Jackson Wray, Billy Vunipola, Ben Spencer, Owen Farrell, Liam Williams, Brad Barritt, Alex Lozowski, Sean Maitland, Alex Goode.

Replacements: Joe Gray, Richard Barrington, Vincent Koch, Will Skelton, Schalk Burger, Richard Wigglesworth, Nick Tompkins, David Strettle.

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