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Wood to lead Saints side in search of Wasps double

Posted: 04/01/19 by Northampton Rugby Football Club

Director of rugby Chris Boyd has made four changes to his Northampton Saints line-up for this Sunday’s Gallagher Premiership clash at Wasps.

The men in Black, Green and Gold head to the Ricoh Arena off the back of consecutive league victories over Worcester Warriors and Exeter Chiefs, and will be hoping to secure their first season’s double over the Coventry outfit since the 2013/14 season.

Flanker Tom Wood will lead Saints – bidding for their third away win in the Premiership this season – from the blindside.

Lewis Ludlam and No.8 Teimana Harrison continue in the line-up at the base of the scrum, while locks Courtney Lawes and David Ribbans are again selected together in the engine room.

Boyd has made two changes to his front row as props Francois Van Wyk and Ehren Painter come into the side, but hooker Reece Marshall is rewarded for an impressive all-around showing last weekend with another start.

Fraser Dingwall starts at outside centre in the only change to Northampton’s back-line, with Piers Francis ruled out through injury.

Luther Burrell starts alongside the 19-year-old in the midfield, with the in-form Cobus Reinach and Dan Biggar both retaining their spots in Saints’ half-back berths.

Ahsee Tuala, Tom Collins and Taqele Naiyaravoro make up the back three for the third game running, while there is room on the bench for Andrew Kellaway following his return from injury and scrum-half Alex Mitchell – who earlier this week signed a new contract with the Club.

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WASPS v NORTHAMPTON SAINTS

Gallagher Premiership Rugby, Round 12

Sunday 6 January, 2019

Ricoh Arena

Kick-off: 3pm

15 Ahsee Tuala

14 Tom Collins

13 Fraser Dingwall

12 Luther Burrell

11 Taqele Naiyaravoro

10 Dan Biggar

9 Cobus Reinach

1 Francois Van Wyk

2 Reece Marshall

3 Ehren Painter

4 David Ribbans

5 Courtney Lawes

6 Tom Wood (capt)

7 Lewis Ludlam

8 Teimana Harrison

Replacements:

16 James Fish

17 Alex Waller

18 Ben Franks

19 Api Ratuniyarawa

20 Heinrich Brüssow

21 Alex Mitchell

22 James Grayson

23 Andrew Kellaway

Not available for selection:

Ken Pisi (shoulder), Nafi Tuitavake (neck), Andy Symons (knee), Harry Mallinder (knee), James Haskell (ankle), James Craig (concussion), Tom Emery (shoulder), Mikey Haywood (knee), Dylan Hartley (knee) and Piers Francis (shoulder).

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