Northampton v Saracens Premiership Preview

Saracens have named their team to Northampton Saints at Franklin’s Gardens
on Saturday with loosehead prop Richard Barrington being set to make his full
debut in the front row.

Barrington gets the opportunity as Mako Vunipola is away on international duty
and Rhys Gill ruled out until the New Year with a shoulder injury.

Kelly Brown comes in for Billy Vunipola to wear the six jersey, alongside
Ernst Joubert and Jacques Burger in the back-row.

In the backs, Nils Mordt starts his first game of the season at fly-half,
partnering Richard Wigglesworth in the halves.

Duncan Taylor and Chris Wyles continue in the centres with Fijian international
Michael Tagicakibau replacing Chris Ashton on the wing.

Nick Auterac, Mouritz Botha, Jackson Wray and Ben Ransom come into the match
day squad as replacements, whilst Argentine international Marcelo Bosch could
make his Premiership debut for the club off the bench.

Northampton Saints have won their last four games at Franklin’s Gardens
in all competitions since Leicester Tigers won there in March.

The Saints have lost just one Aviva Premiership Rugby game this season: 24-26
at Gloucester in round 3.

Saracens’ nail biting 16-17 loss to Toulouse at Wembley on Saturday was
their first defeat since last season’s Premiership semi-final, against
Northampton.

Sarries have lost only once away from home in the Premiership since early February:
23-28 at Gloucester in April.

The Saints’ victory at Allianz Park in May ended a three game losing
run to Saracens, including a 16-6 victory on their most recent visit to Franklin’s
Gardens a day short of 12 months ago.

Phil Dowson will wear the captain’s armband when he leads the Northampton Saints
team out which shows five changes from that which beat the Ospreys last weekend,
with Kahn Fotuali’i making his first start on home soil and Mike Haywood, Ken
Pisi, Calum Clark and Sam Dickinson all coming into the starting line-up.

Meanwhile flanker Ben Nutley, scrum-half Ryan Glynn and centre Dom Waldouck
could all see their first senior action of the Aviva Premiership campaign after
having been named on the bench.

Match : Northampton Saints v Saracens
Date
: Saturday 26th October
Venue : Franklin’s Gardens,
Kick Off : 3.15pm
Live on: N/A
Match Officials
Referee:
Tim Wigglesworth (71st Premiership game).
Assistant Referees: Gareth Copsey and Nigel Carrick
TMO: David Grashoff.

Teams

Northampton Saints: 15 Ben Foden, 14 Ken Pisi, 13 George Pisi,
12 Luther Burrell, 11 Jamie Elliott, 10 Stephen Myler, 9 Kahn Fotuali’i, 8 Sam
Dickinson, 7 Phil Dowson (c), 6 Calum Clark, 5 Christian Day, 4 Samu Manoa,
3 Salesi Ma’afu, 2 Mike Haywood, 1 Alex Waller.

Replacements: 16 Ross McMillan, 17 Ethan Waller, 18 Gareth Denman, 19 GJ van
Velze, 20 Ben Nutley, 21 Ryan Glynn, 22 Dom Waldouck, 23 James Wilson.

Saracens

15. Alex Goode; 14. Michael Tagicakibau, 13. Chris Wyles, 12. Duncan Taylor,
11. David Strettle; 10. Nils Mordt, 9. Richard Wigglesworth; 1. Richard Barrington,
2. Schalk Brits, 3. Matt Stevens, 4. Steve Borthwick (c), 5. Alastair Hargreaves,
6. Kelly Brown, 7. Jacques Burger, 8. Ernst Joubert.

Replacements: 16. Jamie George, 17. Nick Auterac, 18. James Johnston, 19.
Mourtiz Botha, 20. Jackson Wray, 21. Neil de Kock, 22. Marcelo Bosch, 23. Ben
Ransom

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