Billy Vunipola will start the Premiership final against Exeter

Last Updated May 25 2018, 11:34Rugby Union

Saracens number eight Billy Vunipola will start Saturday's Aviva Premiership final against Exeter at Twickenham.

The England international went off at half-time during the semi-final victory over Wasps last weekend due to a tight hamstring.

But he is fit to start the final in an unchanged Saracens side from the one that crushed Wasps 57-33.

Vunipola returned from a fractured arm against London Irish last month, only to be struck by the hamstring complaint that has limited his game-time ahead of England's forthcoming three-Test series against South Africa.

Saracens' Wales wing Liam Williams again misses out because of a shoulder injury, though, while Schalk Burger (hamstring), Calum Clark (arm) and Duncan Taylor (back) also remain sidelined.

Chris Wyles continues instead of Williams in his final game of professional rugby before retirement, and hooker Schalk Brits who also bids farewell this weekend, is among the replacements.

Saracens rugby director Mark McCall said: "We are delighted to name the same 23 as the semi-final for Saturday's game.

"We are hugely grateful to the staff and entire playing group for their commitment throughout the campaign to get us in this position. Everyone has contributed hugely to get us to where we want to be."

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