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Heineken Cup final team news for Toulon and Saracens

Updated: Friday, 23 May 2014 13:11 | Comments

Eoin Sheriff had been a replacement in Saracens' quarter-final win over Ulster
Eoin Sheriff had been a replacement in Saracens' quarter-final win over Ulster

Steve Borthwick has recovered from injury and will captain Saracens in their Heineken Cup final clash with Toulon, but there is no place for Wexford lock Eoin Sheriff.

Borthwick had gone off injured in Saracens’ Premiership semi-final win over Harlequins, and had been a major injury concern. He retires from rugby at the end of the season.

Borthwick’s return effectively put paid to any chance of Sheriff playing in the final. Sheriff was a replacement in Saracen’s quarter-final win over Ulster, but misses out on a place in the decider.

Like Borthwick, England's 2003 World Cup hero Jonny Wilkinson will step down from the game later this month, and he captains Toulon as they bid for a second successive European title.

Fly-half Wilkinson leads a side that shows a solitary switch from the Heineken semi-final victory over Munster last month, with South African lock Bakkies Botha replacing Jocelino Suta.

Toulon parade their galaxy of world-class talent, including Wilkinson, centre Matt Giteau, wing Bryan Habana and prop Carl Hayman, while a successful Heineken Cup defence would see them join Leicester and Leinster as the only teams to achieve that feat.

Saracens: 15 Alex Goode; 14 Chris Ashton, 13 Marcelo Bosch, 12 Brad Barritt, 11 David Strettle; 10 Owen Farrell, 9 Richard Wigglesworth; 1 Mako Vunipola, 2 Schalk Brits, 3 Matt Stevens; 4 Steve Borthwick (Captain), 5 Alistair Hargreaves; 6 Kelly Brown, 7 Jacques Burger, 8 Billy Vunipola.

Replacements: 16 Jamie George, 17 Richard Barrington, 18 James Johnston, 19 Mouritz Botha, 20. Jackson Wray, 21 Neil de Kock, 22 Charlie Hodgson, 23 Chris Wyles.

Toulon: 15 Delon Armitage; 14 Drew Mitchell, 13 Mathieu Bastareaud, 12 Matt Giteau, 11 Bryan Habana; 10 Jonny Wilkinson (Captain), 9 Sebastien Tillous-Borde; 1 Xavier Chiocci, 2 Craig Burden, 3 Carl Hayman, 4 Bakkies Botha, 5 Danie Rossouw, 6 Juan Smith, 7 Juan Fernandez Lobbe, 8 Steffon Armitage.

Replacements: 16 Jean-Charles Orioli, 17 Alexandre Menini, 18 Martin Castrogiovanni, 19 Ali Williams, 20 Virgile Bruni, 21 Maxime Mermoz, 22 Michael Claassens, 23 Jocelino Suta.

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