Tomkins to make Saracens bow
December 5, 2011
Joel Tomkins will line up at outside centre for Sarries © Getty Images
Former Wigan star Joel Tomkins will make his debut for Saracens Storm in their Aviva A-League clash with Bath United on Monday evening.
The 24-year-old confirmed he was joining the Aviva Premiership champions in November and after becoming accustomed to the XV form of the game, will take his bow at outside centre. Saracens have tried out various options in the outside centre berth this season with the likes of Owen Farrell and Chris Wyles being played out of position. And Tomkins' introduction will provide a timely boost with the side suffering with injury problems in their backs - though this was alleviated by their short-term signing of Peter Stringer at the weekend.
In other injury news, Bath centre Ben Williams returns for their clash with Sarries in his first start in the blue, black and white of the West Country side since October. And their rivals Gloucester have received a boost with openside Andy Hazell starting for their A-League side against Wasps on Monday as he looks to accrue some game time after missing the majority of the season with a broken thumb. Lesley Vainikolo and Jonny May also start.
© ESPN Sports Media Ltd.
A preview of the 2014-15 Aviva Premiership season as we run the rule over Bath, Exeter Chiefs, Gloucester, Harlequins, Leicester Tigers and London Irish
Concussion specialist Dr Ryan Kohler warns of the dangers of pushy parents who want their kids back on the field ahead of time
ESPN looks at the forthcoming season of the Guinness PRO12 and assesses how each of the 12 teams will do
"Like the Treaty of Versailles, despite all the promises, the new Participation Agreement is certainly not the final solution." John Taylor writes