Vunipola and Johnston make Sarries debuts
August 22, 2013
The recruitment of the pair was announced last January and Thursday's game will see them pull on Saracens' shirt for the first time. Vunipola starts at blindside while Johnston is named in his familiar position at No.3. They will line-up alongside the likes of Steve Borthwick, Jacques Burger, Charlie Hodgson, David Strettle, Joel Tomkins and Chris Ashton in the team for the Pirates match.
Saracens line-up: Ben Ransom, Chris Ashton, Joel Tomkins, Duncan Taylor, David Strettle, Charlie Hodgson, Richard Wigglesworth, Rhys Gill, Jamie George, James Johnston, Steve Borthwick, George Kruis, Billy Vunipola, Jacques Burger, Ernst Joubert
Replacements: Scott Spurling, Nick Auterac, Petrus du Plessis, Mouritz Botha, Alistair Hargreaves, Justin Melck, Jackson Wray, Matt Hankin, Ben Spencer, Nils Mordt, Michael Tagicakibau, Jack Wilson, Tim Streather
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