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Wigglesworth ready for massive test

Saracens scrum-half Richard Wigglesworth has described Sunday's Aviva Premiership clash against Bath as "a massive test".

Two of the Premiership's remaining unbeaten teams go head-to-head at Allianz Park.

Saracens have collected a maximum 10 points from successive bonus point victories over London Irish and Gloucester. Bath, though, are just two points behind them following wins against Newcastle and Leicester, which sets up an intriguing encounter this weekend.

"It doesn't get any easier for us," England international Wigglesworth said.

"That is what the Premiership is like nowadays - the games come thick and fast and you have to be on your mettle every weekend.

"We had a great result against Gloucester last Sunday, and it is good to get that first home win under your belt. Our form at home is important for us.

"They (Bath) have looked really strong over the last couple of weeks, so we are going to have to be at our best. It's a massive test for us."

And Saracens rugby director Mark McCall added: "Bath have enjoyed a good start to the season with two wins from their opening two games.

"During the summer they added to what was already a very strong squad and they have a very experienced coaching team, so we will have to be at our best.

"We have also won both our opening games, and last week against Gloucester we were patient and we did the right things at the right times and it was a pleasing performance, but our aim is to continue to improve each week."

Saracens' England international full-back Alex Goode will make his first start of the season, replacing Chris Wyles, with Wyles moving into midfield instead of Joel Tomkins.

Up front, British and Irish Lions prop Mako Vunipola packs down alongside Schalk Brits and Matt Stevens, with George Kruis featuring as former Bath captain Steve Borthwick's second-row partner.

Centre Gavin Henson, meanwhile, will line up against one of his former clubs in a Bath team that includes first starts for scrum-half Martin Roberts and flanker Alafoti Fa'osiliva.

Roberts' half-back partner will be Tom Heathcote, with boss Gary Gold also calling up wing Tom Biggs, prop Anthony Perenise and lock Dominic Day.

Reflecting on Bath's opening to the campaign, first team coach Mike Ford said: "We are very happy where we are in terms of results, but we know we can get better.

"There are going to be highs and lows, but as long as we all stick together, whether it takes us six months, 12 months or 18 months. we are going to be a very good side."


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