Aviva Premiership match preview: Saracens v Bath
Last Updated: 04/05/13 1:58pm
Charlie Hodgson will start at fly-half for Saracens in Saturday's Premiership clash with Bath at Allianz Park, which is live on Sky Sports 1HD at 2.30pm.
Hodgson, Chris Wyles, Neil de Kock and Andy Saull all come into the starting line-up for the Aviva Premiership leaders.
Wyles replaces the rested Alex Goode at full-back while Hodgson comes in at fly-half with Owen Farrell switching to inside centre in place of the injured Brad Barritt.
There is also a change in the back-row with Saull returning to the side, with Ernst Joubert missing the game due to injury.
Meanwhile, seventh-placed Bath have made no changes to the starting line-up that secured a bonus-point victory over Leicester Tigers in their last outing.
All Black Stephen Donald partners Springbok Michael Claassens in the half-backs, as the two make their final appearances in the Blue, Black and White.
Try-scorers from the Leicester game, Semesa Rokoduguni and Horacio Agulla, start out wide on the wings, with Kyle Eastmond and Ben Williams continuing to build their centre partnership in the midfield.
Rising England U20s star Ollie Devoto, who has recently signed on for more time with the Bath Academy, remains at full-back.
Springbok Francois Louw captains the team from the blindside flank with Guy Mercer, who it was announced this week has extended his contract at Bath, on the openside.
The hugely experienced Scotland international and British and Irish Lion Simon Taylor has his last outing for the club from the base of the scrum.
Dominic Day and Dave Attwood provide power in a highly effective second-row combination, whilst the international trio of Paul James, Rob Webber and David Wilson scrum down in the front row.
Saracens: 15 Chris Wyles, 14 Chris Ashton, 13 Joel Tomkins, 12 Owen Farrell, 11 David Strettle, 10 Charlie Hodgson, 9 Neil de Kock, 8 Jackson Wray, 7 Andy Saull, 6 Kelly Brown, 5 Alistair Hargreaves, 4 Steve Borthwick (c), 3 Matt Stevens, 2 Schalk Brits, 1 Mako Vunipola.
Replacements: 16 John Smit, 17 Rhys Gill, 18 Carlos Nieto, 19 Mouritz Botha, 20 George Kruis, 21 Richard Wigglesworth, 22 Duncan Taylor, 23 Joe Maddock.
Bath: 15 Ollie Devoto, 14 Horacio Agulla, 13 Ben Williams, 12 Kyle Eastmond, 11 Semesa Rokoduguni, 10 Stephen Donald, 9 Michael Claassens, 8 Simon Taylor, 7 Guy Mercer, 6 Francois Louw (c), 5 Dave Attwood, 4 Dominic Day, 3 David Wilson, 2 Rob Webber, 1 Paul James.
Replacements: 16 Ross Batty, 17 Nathan Catt, 18 Anthony Perenise, 19 Will Spencer, 20 Mat Gilbert, 21 Nick Koster, 22 Peter Stringer, 23 Tom Biggs.
Fri 24th Apr
Bath43 - 18London Irish
Sat 25th Apr
Sale Sharks23 - 25Harlequins
Gloucester42 - 40Newcastle Falcons
Leicester Tigers38 - 17London Welsh
Northampton25 - 20Saracens
Sun 26th Apr
Wasps36 - 29Exeter
Fri 8th May
Harlequins0 - 0Bath
Sat 9th May
Sale Sharks0 - 0Newcastle Falcons
Gloucester0 - 0London Irish
Northampton0 - 0London Welsh
Wasps0 - 0Leicester Tigers
Sun 10th May
Saracens0 - 0Exeter
Sat 16th May
Bath0 - 0Gloucester
Exeter0 - 0Sale Sharks
Leicester Tigers0 - 0Northampton
London Irish0 - 0Wasps
London Welsh0 - 0Saracens
Newcastle Falcons0 - 0Harlequins
Aviva Premiership 2012/13 Round 22
Lyn Jones admits he would like to remain loyal to relegated London Welsh, but the club's board must match his ambitions.
Harlequins boss Conor O'Shea is already looking forward to an "incredibly exciting" play-off semi-final at Leicester.
Leicester boss Richard Cockerill admits his side will have to be "dead, dead right" to beat Harlequins next weekend.