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Saracens
Heineken Cup Pool 3
Connacht v Saracens
Friday 11th October - Kick Off 20:00



Connacht kick off their 3rd consecutive Heineken Cup with the visit of English side Saracens to the Sportsground on Friday night. By and large Connacht have proven worthy of their place in the Heineken Cup over the past two seasons but a very disappointing start to this season coupled with injuries to key players means Connacht will be up against it even more than usual against one of the pre-tournament favourites.

As a measure of their strength Paddy Power currently rate Saracens as joint 3rd favourites to lift the trophy in Cardiff next May at 7/1. Connacht are nearly the same price just to win Friday's match! In contrast to Connacht, Saracens have hit the ground running in the Aviva Premiership and already sit 6 points clear at the top of the table. Anything other than a comfortable Saracens win would be a surprise.

Saracens Stats

Founded: 1876
Ground: Allianz Park
Capacity: 10,000
Captain: Steve Borthwick
Coach: Mark McCall

Avia Premiership League Position 2012/13: Semi-Finalists (lost 27-13 to Northampton) (1st Place in Regular League Season, Played 22 Points 77)
Heineken Cup: Semi-Finalists (lost 24-12 to Toulon) (Topped Pool 1 Played 6 Points 23)
Anglo Welsh Cup: Semi-Finalists (lost to Sale Sharks 21-15) (Topped Pool 3 Played 4 Points 14)

Previous Results
London Irish 20 - 42 Saracens
Saracens 44 - 12 Gloucester Rugby
Saracens 31 - 17 Bath Rugby
Harlequins 12 - 22 Saracens
Saracens 19 - 12 London Wasps

Next Fixture:
Friday 18th October 2013 Heineken Cup Pool 3 19.45 Saracens v Toulouse @ Wembley

Achievements
Aviva Premiership: 2010/11
Tetley's Cup: 1998

Players In
Billy Vunipola from London Wasps
James Johnston from Harlequins
Michael Tagicakibau from Bristol Rugby
Tim Streather from Nottingham
Richard Barrington from Jersey
Marcelo Bosch from Biarritz Olympique
Jack Wilson from Bay of Plenty

Players Out
Lorenzo Romano to London Wasps
Adam Powell to Newcastle Falcons
John Smit retiring (South Africa Natal Sharks C.E.O.)
Andy Saull to Newcastle Falcons
Kameli Ratuvou to Zebre
Carlos Nieto retiring
Joe Maddock retiring

Previous Meetings
November 21st 2011 'A' Friendly Saracens A 32-10 Connacht A
August 25th 2011 Pre-Season Friendly Saracens 26-8 Connacht (http://www.connachtrugby.ie/2011082682583/connacht-8-saracens-26)
August 21st 2010 Pre-Season Friendly Connacht 5-22 Saracens
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