Northampton Saints have made three changes for Tuesday evening’s Gallagher Premiership clash against Sale Sharks. Director of Rugby Chris Boyd has called Alex Mitchell, Sam Matavesi and Shaun Adendorff into the starting XV following last week’s Champions Cup quarter-final exit to Exeter Chiefs.
Saints will be hoping to end a frustrating run of home form in their final fixture of the 2019/20 campaign at Franklin’s Gardens, but boast a superb recent record against the Sharks on their own patch – winning ten of the last 11 encounters between the sides at the Gardens.
David Ribbans and Api Ratuniyarawa continue their partnership in the engine room with 19-year-old loosehead, Manny Iyogun, continuing in the front row after a breakthrough performance against Exeter – with Fiji international Matavesi and World Cup winning All Black Owen Franks completing the pack.
Dan Biggar will hope to pull the strings from stand-off for Saints with Mitchell inside of him at scrum-half, meanwhile Rory Hutchinson and Fraser Dingwall are selected again in Northampton’s midfield.
Northampton Saints: 15 George Furbank; 14 Matt Proctor, 13 Fraser Dingwall, 12 Rory Hutchinson, 11 Ahsee Tuala; 10 Dan Biggar, 9 Alex Mitchell; 1 Manny Iyogun, 2 Sam Matavesi, 3 Owen Franks; 4 David Ribbans, 5 Api Ratuniyarawa; 6 Courtney Lawes, 7 Lewis Ludlam (c); 8 Shaun Adendorff
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