Saracens and Gloucester to field weakened teams for Premiership finale | Robert Kitson

Several top players will sit out the regular-season close on Saturday as clubs elect to keep key men fresh for Europe next week

Even those officials who long ago opted to end the Premiership campaign with a grand sudden-death Twickenham finale will have winced when they saw the team-sheets for the last weekend of the regular season. What should be a climactic Saturday afternoon is in danger of proving little with both Saracens and Gloucester opting not to pick their strongest XVs in an effort to keep key players fresh for European finals next week.

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