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Recap: Lyon vs Northampton Saints | Heineken Champions Cup

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Follow all the action on the RugbyPass live blog from the Heineken Champions Cup match between Lyon and Northampton Saints at Matmut Stadium.

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Northampton are chasing progression by finishing as one of the three best runners-up but they must prevail at Lyon to achieve this.

Director of rugby Chris Boyd has restored Tom Wood, Alex Waller and Dan Biggar to his starting XV among ten changes as he reverts to the best possible side that will help Saints’ hope of advancing.

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However, Boyd knows events in other games will also shape the quarter-final line-up. “We can’t control what will happen elsewhere but at the end of the day we have got to do one better than Gloucester do at Toulouse,” he said.

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“It might be that a bonus point will get us there, it might be that four points does it or even five points might not get us there.

“What we can control is our outcome and performance, and we go there with the best team for what we think is the right way to play against Lyon at home.”

LYON: 15. Toby Arnold; 14. Xavier Mignot, 13. Josua Tuisova, 12. Charlie Ngatai (capt), 11. Noa Nakaitaci; 10. Jonathan Wisniewski, 9. Sam Hidalgo-Clyne; 1. Xavier Chiocci, 2. Badri Alkhazashvili, 3. Francisco Gomez Kodela, 4. Virgile Bruni, 5. Hendrik Roodt, 6. Dylan Cretin, 7. Patrick Sobela, 8. Liam Gill. Reps: 16. Jeremie Maurouard, 17. Vivien Devisme, 18. Kevin Yameogo, 19. Etienne Oosthuizen, 20. Felix Lambey, 21. Jonathan Pélissié, 22. Ethan Dumortier, 23. Jean-Marcellin Buttin.

NORTHAMPTON: 15. George Furbank; 14. Ahsee Tuala, 13. Fraser Dingwall, 12. Andy Symons, 11. Ollie Sleightholme; 10. Dan Biggar, 9. Cobus Reinach; 1. Alex Waller (capt), 2. Mikey Haywood, 3. Owen Franks, 4. Alex Moon, 5. Courtney Lawes, 6. Tom Wood, 7. Lewis Ludlam, 8. Teimana Harrison. Reps: 16. James Fish, 17. Francois van Wyk, 18. Ehren Painter, 19. Api Ratuniyarawa, 20. Alex Coles, 21. Henry Taylor, 22. Rory Hutchinson, 23. Harry Mallinder.

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Shaylen 2 hours ago
Jack Willis' Champions Cup masterclass proves English eligibility rules need a rethink

If France, Wales, England, Scotland and Ireland got together and all changed their eligibility laws in the same way SA has it would be absolutely bonkers. All players from all nations involved in Europe would be fair game as would their coaches. The investment in rugby would be supercharged as teams would rush to create dream teams. Transfer markets would be super charged, salary caps may change, private investment would grow as rich backers first buy clubs and then put money into their clubs in an effort to land the best players. The richest clubs and franchises would benefit most but money and players would move across borders at a steady flow. Suddenly countries like Wales and Scotland would have a much larger pool of players to select from who would be developed and improved in systems belonging to their rivals within superstar squads while their clubs receive large sums in the transfer market. The Six Nations would experience a big boost as the best players become available all the time. The Champions cup would become even more fiercely contested as the dream teams clash. Fan engagement would grow as fans would follow their favourite players creating interest in the game across the continent. Transfer markets and windows would become interesting events in themselves, speculation would drive it and rumours of big transfers and interest in players would spread. All of this is speculation and much of it would not eventuate straight away but just like in football the spread of players and talent would create these conditions over time. The transfer markets in European football is proof of this. Football had the same club vs country debate eons ago and favoured an open system. This has made it the largest game in the world with global interest and big money. Rugby needs to embrace this approach in the long run as well

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Jon 8 hours ago
Waratahs 'counter-culture' limits Wallaby options for Joe Schmidt

This is a bit dramatic for me, I think the Rebels and Force cultures would be very strong, and if a player is chosen from either, you can be confident they are in a good head space and ready. Whether they quite have the technical or tactical foundations of the other two states is where one would way their risk of selection. I see no need for Schmidt to worry about that risk in this squad. The main reason I could see a predominance of players from Brumbies and Reds, is simple cohesion. What might the coaching group make of what’s lacking in the Tahs, and to a lesser extent Rebels and Force’s, franchise? Certainly sides (players) that are running irish plays like we saw from that lovely McDermott long ball with have a head start. I hope the players can continue it at International level. Really liked what I saw of Wright (don’t know player focus and just hadn’t seen a lot of him anyway) in that game, can see him being a glue in a Wallaby side too. A with the similar worry of selecting players like Ryan, I think it unfounded to worry so much about forward balance at the moment. Including both Wright and Skelton in the same lineout is not going to lose you games gainst Wales. Nor will any unknown weakenss Wales might find in Ryan be exploited to any great extent. It is the perfect time to introduce such a young player. What other shortcuts might Schmidt want to make now, just a year out from hosting BIL? When Gamble came on the scene I thought he had a Pocock ability to break game apart along with performing the role of a openside well. I would be very keen to drop Leota/Hooper for Gamble, and in your squad make up, include Uru as a lock. Did you forget to remove Vunivalu from your team? Would you have Meafou in your squad if you could?

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