Alex Goode to break Saracens appearance record against Sale Sharks

Alex Goode to break Saracens appearance record against Sale Sharks

The full-back equalled Kris Chesney’s 338 in the win over Exeter and did it in some style with his 81st minute match-winning penalty. 

Now the player who has won five Premiership titles, three European Cups as well as 21 England caps and plenty of individual accolades including Premiership and European Player of the Year will become the most capped Saracen of the professional era and will lead the team out to a huge ovation from everyone in attendance at StoneX. 

The match sees the top two in the Gallagher Premiership face off in a huge encounter, and Director of Rugby Mark McCall has made six changes to the starting line-up with the England contingent unavailable for this weekend’s game. 

Eroni Mawi comes back in at loosehead, and he will be alongside Kapeli Pifeleti and Christian Judge in the front-row, while Callum Hunter-Hill is back to partner Theo McFarland in the second-row.

Andy Christie comes in at blindside flanker, and it will be a landmark day for Ben Earl who will captain the team for the first time on Sunday. Jackson Wray will be at the rear of the scrum in the number eight shirt.

In-form Ivan van Zyl has Manu Vunipola as his half-back partner, inside the midfield pair of Nick Tompkins and Alex Lozowski.

In the back-three Elliot Daly moves to the left wing, with Alex Lewington on the right and the record-breaking Goode at 15. 

On the bench there is another chance for Theo Dan to impress after his huge impact in the set-piece at Sandy Park, whilst there is also an injury boost as Sean Maitland returns to the squad for the first time in four weeks. 

Goode is glad that he has the chance to achieve history in front of the home fans who have been behind him since his debut.

“I want to make it a day to look back on and feel proud of. I’m so happy it will be at StoneX because it means it will be in front of the wonderful Saracens fans who have supported me and the team so brilliantly down the years.”

Saracens Men team to play Sale Sharks:

1 Eroni Mawi 

2 Kapeli Pifeleti 

3 Christian Judge 

4 Callum Hunter-Hill 

5 Theo McFarland 

6 Andy Christie 

7 Ben Earl (c) 

8 Jackson Wray 

9 Ivan van Zyl

10 Manu Vunipola 

11 Elliot Daly

12 Nick Tompkins 

13 Alex Lozowski 

14 Alex Lewington 

15 Alex Goode


16 Theo Dan

17 James Flynn 

18 Marco Riccioni

19 Andrew Kitchener 

20 Toby Knight 

21 Ruben de Haas 

22 Josh Hallett 

23 Sean Maitland 

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