Aviva Premiership: England's Six Nations stars return
Last Updated: 28/04/16 3:40pm
All the team news ahead of Saturday's Aviva Premiership matches, including the top-of-the-table clash between Saracens v Exeter.
Saracens v Exeter Chiefs (3.15pm)
Saracens welcome back their powerful contingent of England internationals for a top-of-the-table clash against Exeter. Owen Farrell, Mako Vunipola, Maro Itoje, George Kruis and Billy Vunipola, who were all on duty against France in Paris last weekend, make an immediate Premiership return, while Alex Goode and Chris Wyles both clock up 200 appearances for the club.
Exeter boss Rob Baxter makes four changes in the pack for the Chiefs' visit to Allianz Park, with prop Alec Hepburn, hooker Luke Cowan-Dickie, lock Damian Welch and flanker Julian Salvi all starting. Phil Dollman returns at full-back and Lachie Turner switches to wing duty. Wings Jack Nowell and James Short are both rested.
Saracens: 15 Alex Goode, 14 Duncan Taylor, 13 Marcelo Bosch, 12 Brad Barritt (c), 11 Chris Wyles, 10 Owen Farrell, 9 Richard Wigglesworth; 1 Mako Vunipola, 2 Schalk Brits, 3 Petrus Du Plessis, 4 George Kruis, 5 Maro Itoje, 6 Jackson Wray, 7 Will Fraser, 8 Billy Vunipola.
Replacements: 16 Jared Saunders, 17 Richard Barrington, 18 Titi Lamositele, 19 Alistair Hargreaves, 20 Kelly Brown, 21 Neil De Kock, 22 Nick Tompkins, 23 Mike Ellery.
Exeter Chiefs: 15 Phil Dollman, 14 Olly Woodburn, 13 Henry Slade, 12 Ian Whitten, 11 Lachie Turner, 10 Gareth Steenson (c), 9 Dave Lewis; 1 Alec Hepburn, 2 Luke Cowan-Dickie, 3 Harry Williams, 4 Geoff Parling, 5 Damian Welch, 6 Dave Ewers, 7 Julian Salvi, 8 Thomas Waldrom.
Replacement: 16 Elvis Taione, 17 Ben Moon, 18 Moray Low, 19 Ollie Atkins, 20 Kai Horstmann, 21 Will Chudley, 22 Will Hooley, 23 Max Bodilly.
Gloucester v Bath (5.30pm)
Gloucester, beaten by Premiership strugglers London Irish last weekend, make seven changes for their west country derby against Bath. Behind the scrum, David Halaifonua, Steve McColl and Greig Laidlaw all start, while switches up front mean prop Paddy McAllister, hooker Darren Dawidiuk, lock Tom Savage and back-row forward Ross Moriarty all start.
England Grand Slam winners Anthony Watson, Jonathan Joseph and George Ford all return to the Bath starting line-up at Kingsholm. They are among 10 changes - including two positional switches - from the side that beat Newcastle last Friday. In the pack, there is a first start of the season for prop Nathan Catt.
Gloucester: 15 Tom Marshall, 14 David Halaifonua, 13 Bill Meakes, 12 Billy Twelvetrees, 11 Steve McColl, 10 James Hook, 9 Greig Laidlaw (c); 1 Paddy McAllister, 2 Darren Dawidiuk, 3 John Afoa, 4 Tom Savage, 5 Jeremy Thrush, 6 Sione Kalamafoni, 7 Matt Kvesic, 8 Ross Moriarty.
Replacements: 16 Richard Hibbard, 17 Yann Thomas, 18 Paul Doran-Jones, 19 Mariano Galarza, 20 Gareth Evans, 21 Callum Braley, 22 Mark Atkinson, 23 Henry Trinder.
Bath: 15 Anthony Watson, 14 Semesa Rokoduguni, 13 Jonathan Joseph, 12 Ollie Devoto, 11 Matt Banahan, 10 George Ford, 9 Chris Cook; 1 Nathan Catt, 2 Rob Webber, 3 Henry Thomas, 4 Charlie Ewels, 5 Dominic Day, 6 Matt Garvey, 7 Francois Louw (c) 8 Leroy Houston.
Replacements: 16 Tom Dunn, 17 Max Lahiff, 18 David Wilson, 19 Amanaki Mafi, 20 Guy Mercer, 21 Jonathan Evans, 22 Rhys Priestland, 23 Horacio Agulla.
Worcester Warriors v London Irish (5.30pm)
Worcester rugby director Dean Ryan makes a solitary change to his starting line-up as the Warriors go in search of a club-record fourth successive Premiership win. Wing Cooper Vuna, Worcester's joint-top try-scorer this season, returns to the team, forging a back-three combination with Chris Pennell and Bryce Heem.
Irish show one change after their victory against Gloucester last time out, with Elliott Stooke returning to the second-row and partnering Matt Symons. Back-row forward Ofisa Treviranus, meanwhile, is among the replacements after recovering from a knee injury.
Worcester Warriors: 15 Chris Pennell, 14 Bryce Heem, 13 Wynand Olivier, 12 Ryan Mills, 11 Cooper Vuna, 10 Tom Heathcote, 9 Francois Hougaard; 1 Val Rapava Ruskin, 2 Niall Annett, 3 Nick Schonert, 4 Donncha O'Callaghan, 5 Darren Barry , 6 Phil Dowson, 7 Carl Kirwan, 8 GJ van Velze (c) .
Replacements: 16 Jaba Bregvadze, 17 Na'ama Leleimalefaga, 18 James Johnston, 19 Dan Sanderson, 20 Matt Cox , 21 Luke Baldwin, 22 Ryan Lamb, 23 Alex Grove.
London Irish: 15 Sean Maitland, 14 Alex Lewington, 13 Ciaran Hearn, 12 Johnny Williams, 11 Topsy Ojo, 10 Greig Tonks, 9 Scott Steele; 1 Tom Court, 2 Tom Cruse, 3 Halani Aulika, 4 Elliott Stooke, 5 Matt Symons, 6 Luke Narraway (c), 7 Blair Cowan, 8 Rob McCusker.
Replacements: 16 David Paice, 17 Tom Smallbone, 18 Leo Halavatau, 19 Jerry Sexton, 20 Ofisa Treviranus, 21 Brendan McKibbin, 22 Theo Brophy Clews, 23 Fergus Mulchrone.