With the Heineken Champions Cup resuming in just three weeks, double European Cup winner Chris Wyles has temporarily come out of retirement to boost Saracens’ wing cover.
Liam Williams and Sean Maitland are on international duty with Wales and Scotland respectively this weekend, while David Strettle, Ali Crossdale, Matt Gallagher, Rotimi Segun and Duncan Taylor are injured.
Therefore, the 35-year-old Wyles goes straight into Saracens’ side on the right wing for their home Gallagher Premiership game against Sale Sharks on Saturday.
The American international, who scored 24 tries in 67 European appearances and played in both Saracens’ Champions Cup final wins in 2016 and 2017, retired at the end of last season following his two tries in Saracens’ Premiership final success over Exeter Chiefs.
“It’s a bit surreal, but I’m delighted to be back and to have the opportunity to play for Saracens again,” Wyles told the official Saracens website.
“The possibility of getting back out in front of the Allianz Park crowd and playing in front of the people who have been most supportive of me and Wolfpack is an awesome thought.”
Saracens currently lead Pool 3 after winning both their matches so far – 13-3 at Glasgow Warriors and 29-10 at home to Lyon – and next entertain Cardiff Blues on December 9.
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At the other end of the scale, Pool 5 leaders Newcastle Falcons will hand Premiership debuts to lock Andrew Davidson and flanker John Hardie tonight, when they take on Harlequins at the Twickenham Stoop.
Neither has featured yet in the Falcons’ Champions Cup campaign which has brought them two victories – 26-25 at RC Toulon and 23-20 at home to Montpellier. They next travel to Edinburgh Rugby on December 7.