Saracens team to play Newcastle: David Strettle returns for his first game back

David Strettle will make his second Saracens debut against Newcastle Falcons in the opening round of the Gallagher Premiership campaign.

The veteran winger, whose last game for Sarries came in the 2014/15 final win over Bath, scored twice in pre-season and lines up on the right flank. Fellow new recruit Alex Lewington will make his first appearance for the Men in Black off the bench.

Strettle is one of five changes from the Wolfpack’s XV which started at Twickenham in May.

Australia international Will Skelton’s impressive pre-season has earned him a call-up in the boiler while Mike Rhodes and Ben Earl partner Jackson Wray in the back row.

One other alteration in the backs sees England scrum-half Ben Spencer get the nod at nine ahead of Richard Wigglesworth.

Saracens team to play Newcastle
FORWARDS: Mako Vunipola (144), Jamie George (196), Vincent Koch (39), Maro Itoje (94), Will Skelton (25), Mike Rhodes (69), Ben Earl (16), Jackson Wray (201).
BACKS: Ben Spencer (132), Owen Farrell (174), Sean Maitland (42), Brad Barritt (223), Alex Lozowski (60), David Strettle (138), Alex Goode (261).
REPLACEMENTS: Christopher Tolofua (17), Richard Barrington (136), Juan Figallo (90), Nick Isiekwe (35), Sione Vailanu (4), Richard Wigglesworth (210), Nick Tompkins (69), Alex Lewington (0).
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