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Team News: Young Vunipola to make Premiership debut

Manu Vunipola will make his first Gallagher Premiership start for Saracens against Worcester Warriors.

The young Academy fly-half, who will head to the World Rugby U20 Championship with England this summer alongside Joel Kpoku, made his league debut in Round 21 and starts at 10 with Max Malins having not quite recovered from a quad injury.

He forms a half-back partnership with Tom Whiteley, another in Saturday’s 23 to have starred in the Premiership Rugby Shield final win over Newcastle Falcons A.

Matt Gallagher begins at full-back while there are also places for Dom Day, Christian Judge and Ben Earl in the starting XV.

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The match could be the last of Marcelo Bosch’s Saracens career after six incredible years at Allianz Park. Fellow Argentine Juan Figallo makes his long-awaited return to competitive action at loosehead prop.

On the bench, there are seven Academy products with three looking to make their Premiership debuts – Billy Walker, Andy Christie and Tom Griffiths.

Saracens team to face Worcester Warriors in the final round of the Gallagher Premiership season (KO 16H00):

15 Matt Gallagher
14 David Strettle
13 Marcelo Bosch
12 Nick Tompkins
11 Alex Lewington
10 Manu Vunipola
9 Tom Whiteley

1 Juan Figallo
2 Joe Gray
3 Christian Judge
4 Nick Isiekwe
5 Dom Day
6 Calum Clark ©
7 Schalk Burger
8 Ben Earl

Replacements

16 Tom Woolstencroft
17 Hayden Thompson-Stringer
18 Billy Walker
19 Joel Kpoku
20 Andy Christie
21 Henry Taylor
22 Tom Griffiths
23 Rotimi Segun 
 

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