Grayson gives Saints youngsters a chance

Northampton Saints’ duo Stephen Myler and Luke Myring have returned from injury to start Wednesday night’s historic Club v Country Challenge against Argentina.

Myler has been out for six weeks with a knee injury and Myring had to be rested while he recovered from a back problem. They are part of a side selected by head coach Paul Grayson that gives many young players an opportunity to play in front of their home crowd.

The front-row also features former Bedford prop John Brooks, who has just returned from a stint with Taranaki, and is currently on trial with the club.

Hooker Matias Cortese will hope to make his debut for the club against his countrymen, while members of the Academy will also be hoping to make their mark and impress the coaches and Franklin’s Gardens’ faithful.

“We are delighted to welcome back Stephen and Luke for this one-off game against such quality opposition as The Pumas,” said Grayson.

“It will also give the rest of the side an opportunity to stretch their legs ahead of the business end of the season, while some of our senior squad players have been given a further week off ahead our next league game.”

Northampton Saints: 15 Rob Laird, 14 Chris Wyles, 13 Seamus Mallon, 12 Luke Myring, 11 Matthieu Bourret, 10 Stephen Myler, 9 Johnny Howard, 8 Mark Hopley, 7 Ben Lewitt, 6 Alex Rae, 5 Matt Lord (c), 4 Damien Browne, 3 John Brooks, 2 Dan Richmond, 1 Soane Tonga’uiha.
Replacements: 16 Matias Cortese, 17 Beyers Visagie, 18 James Percival, 19 Matt Burke, 20 Danny Pointon, 21 Vaughan Going, 22 Dan Lavery/Adam Barnard.

Date: Wednesday, February 7
Kick-off: 20:00 GMT
Venue: Frankin’s Gardens
Officials: tbc


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