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Teams Up: Wasps vs Saints


By Saint Ted
November 2 2018

WASPS v NORTHAMPTON SAINTSPremiership Rugby Cup, Round TwoSunday 4th November, 2018Ricoh ArenaKick-off: 3pm

Northampton Saints have made nine changes to their starting XV for the Premiership Rugby Cup trip across the Midlands to face Wasps, with director of rugby Chris Boyd handing Charlie Davies and Fraser Strachan their first Club starts.

There is also a return to action for Heinrich Brüssow for the first time since mid-September, with the powerful flanker recovering from injury to help Saints attempt to take a stranglehold on Pool Three of the competition.

Northampton romped to a 51-24 win over Bristol Bears to kick-off the Premiership Rugby Cup in style last week, but to make it two from two they will need to muster their first win at the Ricoh Arena since 2015.

Centre Strachan will make his first start for the men in Black, Green and Gold alongside Fraser Dingwall in the midfield, while scrum-half Davies will join forces with fly-half James Grayson – named the breakthrough back of the first round of matches by Premiership Rugby earlier this week.

George Furbank retains his place at fullback as does winger Ollie Sleightholme, but Andrew Kellaway comes in to complete the back three after scoring off the bench last weekend.

Hooker James Fish makes his first start since the second round of the Gallagher Premiership, and is joined in an experienced front row by Francois Van Wyk and Ben Franks.

Dom Barrow meanwhile continues in the engine room, with fellow lock Api Ratuniyarawa making his return to action following an ankle injury, and Jamie Gibson – who captains the side – comes into the back row with Brüssow to pack down either side of No.8 Mitch Eadie.

WASPS v NORTHAMPTON SAINTS
Premiership Rugby Cup, Round Two
Sunday 4th November, 2018
Ricoh Arena
Kick-off: 3pm

15 George Furbank
14 Andrew Kellaway
13 Fraser Dingwall
12 Fraser Strachan
11 Ollie Sleightholme
10 James Grayson
9 Charlie Davies

1 Francois Van Wyk
2 James Fish
3 Ben Franks
4 Api Ratuniyarawa
5 Dom Barrow
6 Jamie Gibson (capt)
7 Heinrich Brüssow
8 Mitch Eadie

16 Reece Marshall
17 Toby Trinder
18 Karl Garside*
19 Alex Coles
20 Devante Onojaife
21 Patrick Ryan
22 Connor Tupai
23 Josh Gillespie

*Guest player

Not available for selection:
Rory Hutchinson (knee), Ken Pisi (shoulder), Nafi Tuitavake (neck), Andy Symons (knee), Jamal Ford-Robinson (knee), Tom Emery (ankle), Harry Mallinder (knee), James Haskell (ankle), Matt Worley (concussion), James Craig (concussion), Mikey Haywood (concussion), and Ehren Painter (back).

 

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Marching On
Teams Up: Wasps vs Saints
Marching On (IP Logged)
02/11/2018 11:38
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John Rickerd
Teams up
John Rickerd (IP Logged)
02/11/2018 11:34
WASPS v NORTHAMPTON SAINTS
Premiership Rugby Cup, Round Two
Sunday 4th November, 2018
Ricoh Arena
Kick-off: 3pm

15 George Furbank
14 Andrew Kellaway
13 Fraser Dingwall
12 Fraser Strachan
11 Ollie Sleightholme
10 James Grayson
9 Charlie Davies

1 Francois Van Wyk
2 James Fish
3 Ben Franks
4 Api Ratuniyarawa
5 Dom Barrow
6 Jamie Gibson (capt)
7 Heinrich Brüssow
8 Mitch Eadie

16 Reece Marshall
17 Toby Trinder
18 Karl Garside*
19 Alex Coles
20 Devante Onojaife
21 Patrick Ryan
22 Connor Tupai
23 Josh Gillespie

*Guest player

Not available for selection:
Rory Hutchinson (knee), Ken Pisi (shoulder), Nafi Tuitavake (neck), Andy Symons (knee), Jamal Ford-Robinson (knee), Tom Emery (ankle), Harry Mallinder (knee), James Haskell (ankle), Matt Worley (concussion), James Craig (concussion), Mikey Haywood (concussion), and Ehren Painter (back).

 
nsaint71
Re: Teams up
nsaint71 (IP Logged)
02/11/2018 11:37
Liking that back row 😀

 
ElySaint
Re: Teams Up: Wasps vs Saints
ElySaint (IP Logged)
02/11/2018 11:43
Like the look of that. Good to see some more players getting opportunities. Mitchell rested with lots of rugby to come offers Charlie and Connor the chance to impress.

Back row looks well balanced. Pleasing to see Trinder return and Garside getting another run out as well.

 
MESSAGES->author
Re: Teams Up: Wasps vs Saints
skybluesaint (IP Logged)
02/11/2018 12:04
should we be worried that Mikey H and Ehren Painter are both unavailable (concussion and "back")?

 
Scrummy
Re: Teams Up: Wasps vs Saints
Scrummy (IP Logged)
02/11/2018 12:05
I agree, good to see Trinder and Garside listed. Also good to see that Paul Hill is off the injury list but concerning to see Ehren Painter and James Craig out injured.

 
twsaint
Re: Teams Up: Wasps vs Saints
twsaint (IP Logged)
02/11/2018 12:08
Injuries will happen. Mikey bashed his head with James Craig last week with Craig seeming to come off worse.

We're well served with Marshall and Fish.

Big Ehren injured his back in training last week. Franks is fine and Hill is fit again. Garside is useful cover. Ehren has played a lot , he needs a rest.

 
MESSAGES->author
Re: Teams Up: Wasps vs Saints
SaintMaul (IP Logged)
02/11/2018 12:24
Great to see Trinder back.

Interesting mix. 3 end of career internationals in the forwards compared to the least experienced backline for the first team in a very long time.

 
Whiston Saint
Re: Teams Up: Wasps vs Saints
Whiston Saint (IP Logged)
02/11/2018 12:25
What happened to Davis? featured in the next thread.

 
twsaint
Re: Teams Up: Wasps vs Saints
twsaint (IP Logged)
02/11/2018 12:27
We're playing again on Friday, I suspect very few will feature in both. I'll probably see Davis at Gloucester on Friday sharing duties with the skipper.

 
LeicesterSaint
Re: Teams Up: Wasps vs Saints
LeicesterSaint (IP Logged)
02/11/2018 12:51
Hopefully Mikey is just the standard rest period after a head-knock - I'm sure he'll be called on a lot over the season as a whole.

I'd be interested to see the pack weight compared to some of our previous, it strikes me as a much bulkier unit overall, especially in 'the row'.

 
fair_weather_fan
Re: Teams Up: Wasps vs Saints
fair_weather_fan (IP Logged)
02/11/2018 14:00
Although Mikey played on last week, neither of the other players involved in concussion incidents stayed on the pitch and all, including the very unfortunate James Craig, are now in concussion protocol. I really feel for James Craig, how unlucky can you get? he was wearing a scrum cap as well but as we were near the incident you could see he took a blow to the forehead. Once in the protocol you could be out for months as we saw with Dylan and George N

 
Saintly Pursuit
Re: Teams Up: Wasps vs Saints
Saintly Pursuit (IP Logged)
02/11/2018 15:01
Scrum caps make no difference in preventing concussion

 
Saint Swill
Re: Teams Up: Wasps vs Saints
Saint Swill (IP Logged)
02/11/2018 21:43
You're right, Saintly Pursuit.

To mitigate concussion, scrum caps would need to be inside the skull, not outside.

 
Lamont4Saints
Re: Teams Up: Wasps vs Saints
Lamont4Saints (IP Logged)
03/11/2018 07:26
I always wore a scrum cap as my ears liked to tear (and was in the row most of the time).

 
fair_weather_fan
Re: Teams Up: Wasps vs Saints
fair_weather_fan (IP Logged)
03/11/2018 20:00
My point was mainly that JC sustained a cut while wearing a scrum cap, it wasn't that clear. It was because the cap played no role in the collision. I was also saying that within the available possibilities he was trying g to protect himself.

 
twsaint
Re: Teams Up: Wasps vs Saints
twsaint (IP Logged)
03/11/2018 20:14
Quote:
fair_weather_fan
My point was mainly that JC sustained a cut while wearing a scrum cap, it wasn't that clear. It was because the cap played no role in the collision. I was also saying that within the available possibilities he was trying g to protect himself.

You might have been thinking those things but you certainly weren't saying them.

 
JohnI
Re: Teams Up: Wasps vs Saints
JohnI (IP Logged)
04/11/2018 13:54
Looks like Brüssow no longer available as paddy Ryan in for him and Big T onto the bench

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