Aviva Premiership: Steve Borthwich to captain Saracens for final time
Aviva Premiership: Steve Borthwich will captain Saracens for final time against Northampton Saints on Saturday
<3>In his final game of a glittering 16-year career Steve Borthwick will captain Saracens for the final time with the 34-year-old lock named alongside Mouritz Botha in the second-row.
In the front-row, Richard Barrington starts at loosehead prop in place of Mako Vunipola who is ruled out with a knee injury. Barrington is joined by hooker Schalk Brits and Matt Stevens who will also be making his final appearance for the club.
Kelly Brown starts at blindside flanker, with Namibian openside Jacques Burger wearing the No.7 shirt – England back-rower Billy Vunipola starts at No.8.
In the halves, experienced scrum-half Neil de Kock rotates with Richard Wigglesworth to start the game, and the former Springbok international partners Owen Farrell at half-back.
In the midfield, Brad Barritt partners Marcelo Bosch at centre whilst in the back-three David Strettle and Chris Ashton start on the wings with Alex Goode named at full-back.
The Saints head to Twickenham with a starting line-up showing just the two changes from that which began last Friday’s successful Amlin Challenge Cup final.
Kahn Fotuali’i wears the number nine shirt, swapping places with Lee Dickson, with Salesi Ma’afu returning to the front row and Tom Mercey dropping to the bench.
There is one other change to the match day squad from Cardiff, with Dylan Hartley named among the replacements.
Tom Wood leads the team, and you can hear the England flanker’s thoughts on the game in this week’s official Saints podcast, along with interviews with Jim Mallinder, Samu Manoa, George North and Alex Corbisiero.
Saracens: Goode; Ashton, Bosch, Barritt, Strettle; Farrell, De Kock; Barrington, Brits, Stevens; Borthwick (capt), Botha; Brown, Burger, B. Vunipola.
Replacements: George, Gill, Johnston, Haregreaves, Wray, Wigglesworth, Hodgson, Wyles.
Northampton Saints: Foden; K. Pisi, G. Pisi, Burrell, North; Myler, Fotuali’i; Corbisiero, Haywood, Ma’afu; Manoa, Lawes; Clark, Wood (capt), Dickinson.
Replacements: Hartley, Waller, Mercey, Day, Dowson, Dickson, Wilson, Stephenson.