Wilson wings in for Saints start against Saracens

WELCOME RETURN - James Craig starts for Saints against Saracens
WELCOME RETURN - James Craig starts for Saints against Saracens

James Wilson will start on the wing for Saints at Saracens on Sunday.

The Kiwi utility back was forced into action in the opening minutes of the defeat to Exeter last weekend after Tom Collins suffered a hamstring injury.

Wilson will line up at 11 in a backline that also contains centre Luther Burrell, who was released by England earlier in the week.

James Craig returns from injury to take his place in the second row, with Samu Manoa reverting to No.8 and Phil Dowson back on the flank.

Saracens are also able to name a powerful side for the clash at Allianz Park, with Billy Vunipola back in their team after he was let go by England.

Former Saints hooker Brett Sharman will be on among the home side’s replacements, with the likes of Jacques Burger and Ernst Joubert also in reserve.

Saracens: Goode; Ashton, Tompkins, Wyles, Strettle; Hodgson, Spencer; Gill, George, Figallo; Hamilton, Hargreaves; Wray, Fraser, B Vunipola.

Replacements: Sharman, Barrington, Johnston, Itoje, Burger, Joubert, de Kock, Ransom.

Saints: Foden; Elliott, Stephenson, Burrell, Wilson; Myler, Dickson; A Waller, Haywood, Ma’afu; Craig, Day; Clark, Dowson, Manoa.

Replacements: McMillan, E Waller, Denman, Harrison, Nutley, Hodgson, Waldouck, Packman.