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- European Rugby Challenge Cup
- Pool 5
- 12th Oct 2008
- KO 15:00
- Ground: Vicarage Road
- Att: 5,893
Saracens v Montois: Teams
At Vicarage Road, Sunday October 12, kick-off 3pm
Saracens begin their European Challenge Cup campaign able to welcome back Andy Farrell and Chris Jack to the starting line-up.
Jack has recovered from a shoulder injury picked up against Northampton two weeks ago, whilst Farrell should prove a key addition after missing the opening six weeks of the campaign with a fracture-dislocation of the thumb.
"I'm delighted to be back," said 33-year-old Farrell.
"It was tough to go through all the hard work of pre-season and then get injured just as the games were about to start.
"But I've been able to turn that time into a positive in terms of extra conditioning work and I am ready to go.
"It was particularly hard to be on the sidelines last week having seen my son Owen make his full debut for Saracens and not be out on the pitch to share that with him, but I can't wait to get out there this weekend."
However, Farrell junior is just one of many changes from the squad that fell to defeat against the Scarlets in their EDF Energy Cup tie last weekend.
Director of rugby Eddie Jones has handed a full debut to USA international full-back Chris Wyles, with 20-year-olds Andy Saull and Noah Cato the only players to retain their places in the starting line-up after impressing against the Welsh side.
Meanwhile, there are recalls for Steve Borthwick, Michael Owen, Glen Jackson and Cencus Johnston as the Watford-based club look to send out a message of intent to their European Challenge Cup competitiors.
Saracens: 15 Chris Wyles, 14 Noah Cato, 13 Kevin Sorrell, 12 Andy Farrell, 11 Kameli Ratuvou, 10 Glen Jackson, 9 Neil de Kock, 8 Michael Owen, 7 Andy Saull, 6 Chris Jack, 5 Hugh Vyvyan, 5 Steve Borthwick, 3 Cencus Johnston, 2 Fabio Onagaro, 1 Matias Aguero.
Replacements: 15 Matt Cairns, 17 Cobus Visagie, 18 Kris Chesney, 19 Ben Skirving, 20 Moses Rauluni, 21 Gordon Ross, 22 Francisco Leonelli
Stade Montois: 15 Karim Abbad, 14 Jean Baptiste Dubia, 13 Simon Ternisien, 12 Murphy Taele, 11 Baptiste Chedal-Bornu, 10 TBC, 9 Francois Tandonnet (capt); 8 Jerome Carre, 7 Philip van Schalkwyk, 6 TBC, 5 Rudolph Berek, 4 Jeandre Mynhardt, 3 Ben Coutts, 2 Trevor Leota, 1 Patrick Blanco
Replacements: 16 Cyriel Blanchard, 17 Nicolas Etcheverry, 18 Guillaume Leleu, 19 Fredaric Rawls, 20 Roland Bernard, 21 Yann Brethous, 22 Frederic Urruty
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European Rugby Challenge Cup Table
|European Rugby Challenge Cup|
|Sunday 25th January|
|European Rugby Challenge Cup|
|London Welsh 12 - 17 Lyon Olympique|
|Saturday 24th January|
|Exeter 45 - 3 Bayonne|
|La Rochelle 20 - 30 Connacht|
|Newport Gwent D'gons 30 - 19 Stade Francais|
|Bucuresti 10 - 52 Newcastle|
|Grenoble 3 - 28 Cardiff Blues|
|Rovigo 6 - 34 London Irish|
|Friday 23rd January|
|Edinburgh 38 - 20 Bordeaux-Begles|
|Thursday 22nd January|
|Brive 20 - 31 Gloucester|
|Oyonnax 20 - 3 Zebre|
|Sunday 18th January|
|Connacht 24 - 33 Exeter|
|Saturday 17th January|
|Lyon Olympique 21 - 19 Edinburgh|
|Bayonne 14 - 0 La Rochelle|
|Newcastle 29 - 40 Newport Gwent D'gons|
|London Irish 43 - 41 Grenoble|
|Zebre 23 - 13 Brive|
|Gloucester 33 - 3 Oyonnax|
|Stade Francais 47 - 12 Bucuresti|
|Friday 16th January|
|Bordeaux-Begles 26 - 3 London Welsh|
|Cardiff Blues 104 - 12 Rovigo|
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