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Saints name side for sold out Derby Day at Franklin’s Gardens

Posted: 29/11/19 by Northampton Rugby Football Club

Northampton Saints will lock horns with rivals Leicester Tigers in front of over 15,000 supporters this weekend, with director of rugby Chris Boyd making five changes to his starting XV for the 244th East Midlands Derby.

The hosts have won five of their last six meetings with Tigers in all competitions, and will be hoping another victory on Saturday (kick-off 3pm) might return them to top spot in the Gallagher Premiership standings.

Saints will have a partisan crowd behind them at Franklin’s Gardens, with the ground completely sold out for the clash, and are unbeaten in their last three league matches on home soil.

Club co-captains Alex Waller and Teimana Harrison both start the match at hooker and number eight respectively, with Harrison joined in the back row by fellow England internationals Lewis Ludlam and Tom Wood.

Mikey Haywood packs down at hooker for the fifth straight match, while World Cup winner Owen Franks starts at tighthead prop, and Courtney Lawes comes into the engine room alongside Alex Moon in the only other change to the tight five.

There are just two changes to Saints’ backline from the side that beat Benetton Rugby in Italy last time out, with George Furbank and Taqele Naiyaravoro returning to the back three to join in-form speedster Tom Collins.

That means new signing Matt Proctor starts for the second time in Northampton colours alongside Scotland’s Rory Hutchinson in the midfield, while Dan Biggar and last weekend’s man-of-the-match Cobus Reinach continue together in the half-back berths.

Amongst the replacements Jamie Gibson is poised to make another appearance against his former side, while the likes of Ahsee Tuala and Fraser Dingwall will hope to make an impact if they are introduced off the bench.


Gallagher Premiership Rugby, Round Five

Saturday 30 November 2019

Franklin’s Gardens

Kick-off: 3pm

15 George Furbank

14 Tom Collins

13 Matt Proctor

12 Rory Hutchinson

11 Taqele Naiyaravoro

10 Dan Biggar

9 Cobus Reinach

1 Alex Waller (co-capt)

2 Mikey Haywood

3 Owen Franks

4 Alex Moon

5 Courtney Lawes

6 Tom Wood

7 Lewis Ludlam

8 Teimana Harrison (co-capt)


16 Michael van Vuuren

17 Francois van Wyk

18 Ehren Painter

19 Api Ratuniyarawa

20 Jamie Gibson

21 James Mitchell

22 Fraser Dingwall

23 Ahsee Tuala

Referee: Matthew Carley

Assistant referees: Andrew Jackson & Wayne Falla

TMO: Rowan Kitt

Not available for selection:

Harry Mallinder (knee), Alex Mitchell (knee), Reece Marshall (hamstring), Reuben Bird-Tulloch (hand), Henry Taylor (thumb), Ben Franks (elbow), David Ribbans (back), James Fish (head), and Piers Francis (shoulder).

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