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WALLER LEADS SAINTS ON 300th CLUB APPEARANCE

Posted: 28/05/21 by Northampton Rugby Football Club

WALLER LEADS SAINTS ON 300th CLUB APPEARANCE

Alex Waller will become only the 24th player in the Club’s history to hit a triple century of Northampton Saints appearances when he leads the side out against Wasps this Saturday (kick-off 4.30pm).

Since records began in 1895, only 23 Saints have reached the impressive milestone, and now the 31-year-old’s name will be added to the illustrious list when the Kettering-born prop runs out at Franklin’s Gardens in front of almost 4,000 Saints supporters tomorrow.

Api Ratuniyarawa also celebrates a Northampton milestone and will follow his captain out of the tunnel as he celebrates a century of appearances in Black, Green and Gold, while Courtney Lawes will run out in Saints colours for the first time in 2021 after overcoming a pectoral injury that has kept him out of Chris Boyd’s side since Boxing Day.

Sam Matavesi and Paul Hill continue alongside Waller in the front row for the fourth week running, while Dave Ribbans mans an unchanged engine room alongside centurion Ratuniyarawa.

Lawes’ return to the side sees him line-up at flanker, while Tom Wood shifts into the No.8 jersey to round off the pack with co-captain Lewis Ludlam.

Tom James partners the returning Dan Biggar in the half-back berths and Fraser Dingwall starts for the first time since mid-April, joining Matt Proctor in the centres.

Ollie Sleightholme retains his place on the wing while Tommy Freeman moves to start Saturday’s clash at fullback, with Taqele Naiyaravoro returning to the other wing to complete the back three.

Emmanuel Iyogun and Connor Tupai are set to make their first appearances of the season from the bench, while Piers Francis returns from injury to take his place amongst Saints’ replacements.

NORTHAMPTON SAINTS vs WASPS

Gallagher Premiership, Round 20

Saturday 29 May 2021

Franklin’s Gardens

Kick-off: 4.30pm

15 Tommy Freeman

14 Ollie Sleightholme

13 Matt Proctor

12 Fraser Dingwall

11 Taqele Naiyaravoro

10 Dan Biggar

9 Tom James

1 Alex Waller (co-capt)

2 Sam Matavesi

3 Paul Hill

4 Dave Ribbans

5 Api Ratuniyarawa

6 Courtney Lawes

7 Lewis Ludlam (co-capt)

8 Tom Wood

Replacements:

16 Mikey Haywood

17 Emmanuel Iyogun

18 Ehren Painter

19 Alex Moon

20 Alex Coles

21 Connor Tupai

22 Piers Francis

23 Rory Hutchinson

Not available due to injury:

Owen Franks (foot), George Furbank (calf), Danny Hobbs-Awoyemi (achilles), Nick Isiekwe (pectoral), and Alex Mitchell (ankle).

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