Champions Cup final: Saracens player profiles
John O’Sullivan looks at the English Premiership side ahead of Newcastle finale
Owen Farrell at St James’ Park ahead of Saturday’s Champions Cup final. Photograph: Dan Sheridan/Inpho
15 Alex Goode
Weight: 91 kg (14st 4lbs)
He has beaten more defenders (35) is this season’s tournament than any other player on the pitch with his gliding running style and ability to pop up in several channels.
14 Sean Maitland
Weight: 97kg (15st 3lbs)
Saracens’ top try scorer, he is a threat in the air, quick and powerful and has a knack of breaking the first line of defence. He runs good lines and is a handful in every respect.
13 Alex Lozowski
Weight: 90kg (14st 2lbs)
He is equally at home at outhalf and that’s where he will appear now and again as first receiver. It’ll be interesting to see how he copes defensively in Leinster get quick ball to the edges.
12 Brad Barritt
Weight: 95kg (14st 13lbs)
A warrior in every respect, he is Saracens defensive lynchpin in the backline, organising those inside and outside him and then leading by example.
11 Liam Williams
Weight: 85kg (13st 5lbs)
His loping running style is deceptive as many an opponent will attest. He can shift and step his way through traffic and as befits a player who excels at fullback is very good in the air.
10 Owen Farrell
Weight: 94kg (14st 11lbs)
A brilliant playmaker who reads the game very well and can open up opponents with a pass or a well judged punt or dink, while also an accomplished place-kicker. Fond of a tackle too.
9 Ben Spencer
Weight: 89kg (14st)
Quick and sharp in his service, he offered a box-kicking master-class against Munster in the semi-final, and is happy to exploit any gaps on the fringes.
1 Mako Vunipola
Weight: 121kg (19st)
2 Jamie George
Weight: 108kg (17st)
The Lions test hooker has been consistently excellent for some time now and is another that gets through huge volumes or work while performing the basics to a very high level.
3 Titi Lamositele
Weight: 130kg (20st 6lbs)
Don’t be fooled by his sheer size, the American international gets around the pitch well, contributing in the tight, carrying and also capable of making his considerable presence felt in the tackle.
4 Will Skelton
Weight: 119kg (18st 11lbs)
The giant lock has turned his back on the Wallabies to remain with Saracens, and has been a revelation after shedding 21kgs over the past 18 months.
5 George Kruis
Weight: 117kg (18st 5lbs)
The England international has overseen the best lineout in this season’s Champions Cup and he’s often the focal point for the throw.
6 Maro Itoje
Weight: 110kg (17st 4lbs)
A superb player and back to his best, he loves nothing better than getting into the faces of the opposition physically and verbally but crucially has the talent to back it up.
7 Jackson Wray
Weight: 108kg (17st)
He’s started six of his side’s eight matches in the tournament to date and offers an orthodox presence in the number seven jersey and left unattended will be a nuisance at the breakdown.
8 Billy Vunipola
Weight: 128kg (20st 2lbs)
As a player he’s a powerful, rampaging presence, who can embarrass all bar the technically precise in the tackle and also frequently gets the ball away in the tackle.