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Saturday 31st January 15:15 GMT


Aviva Premiership side Saracens, continue their South African links, when they play a friendly fixture on Saturday at the Allianz Park against the Super XV franchise the Blue Bulls. The Bulls, who missed out on the Super Rugby play-offs last season, finishing ninth in the regular season table, continue their preparations for the start of the 2015 Super Rugby season, with their trip to London.

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The South African team, who start their regular season on 14th February against the Stormers at Loftus Versfeld, Pretoria, had their first warm up match last weekend, defeating the Cheetahs by 30-13 in Polokwane. The Bulls have named a strong side for the Sanlam Challenge match, with a decent sprinkling of Springbok internationals, to face the strongest available Saracens side. The visitors will be skippered by flanker Deon Stegmann, with star man Pierre Spies set to make an appearance at No.8 from the bench, as he continues his comeback from the torn pectoral injury that he suffered a year ago.

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The home team will be led by the former Scottish international, Kelly Brown, with the 24 year old Jackson Wray set to make his 100th appearance for the club. Former Springbok Neil de Kock will start at scrum half, partnering Charlie Hodgson, who will be getting plenty of game time in the coming months, with Owen Farrell out of contention after suffering a knee injury against Clermont last weekend. In the past two years, the Saracens have beaten the Sharks and Western Province, and will be making a serious challenge to take the scalp of a third major South African Super XV outfit.

Tags: Bulls, Super Rugby, Deon Stegmann, Jackson Wray, Saracens
Posted: 31st January 2015

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