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Teams Up: Saints v Wasps - Premiership Cup


By Saint Ted
September 27 2019

Northampton Saints have made nine changes to their side for this weekend’s Premiership Rugby Cup clash against Wasps. The competition’s defending champions return to home soil for the first time this season to lock horns with their midlands rivals, after a defeat away at Sale Sharks last time out. Director of rugby Chris Boyd won two out of three matches against Wasps during his first season at the helm, and the Kiwi has rung the changes with five new faces in his back-line taking to the Franklin’s Gardens turf (kick-off: 3pm, live on BT Sport).

After an excellent showing against Sale, Ollie Sleightholme is the only survivor from last week in the back three, with Tom Collins and Taqele Naiyaravoro set to add some experience and firepower.

Centre Rory Hutchinson returns for the men in Black, Green and Gold following his maiden Scotland call-up during the summer – he partners Andy Symons in midfield, who plays for the first time since picking up a knee injury during the first half of last season.

James Grayson retains his place at fly-half with Henry Taylor his half-back partner after impressing off the bench against the Sharks, meanwhile Boyd also shuffles his pack with four changes to Saints’ forwards.

Alex Waller captains the side at loosehead prop in a new-look front three, as James Fish and Ehren Painter are also given their chance to start.

Lock David Ribbans returns to action in the engine room alongside Lewis Bean, with England under-20 international Alex Coles switching into the back row alongside Tom Wood and Mitch Eadie.

Amongst the replacements, flanker JJ Tonks and scrum-half James Mitchell are set to make their full Club debuts if they come off the bench, with the likes of Teimana Harrison, Fraser Dingwall, and Ryan Olowofela also hoping to make an impact during the second half.

NORTHAMPTON SAINTS vs WASPS
Premiership Rugby Cup, Round 2
Saturday 28 September, 2019
Franklin’s Gardens
Kick-off: 3pm

15 Tom Collins
14 Ollie Sleightholme
13 Rory Hutchinson
12 Andrew Symons
11 Taqele Naiyaravoro
10 James Grayson
9 Henry Taylor

1 Alex Waller (c)
2 James Fish
3 Ehren Painter
4 David Ribbans
5 Lewis Bean
6 Alex Coles
7 Tom Wood
8 Mitch Eadie

Replacements:
16 Michael van Vuuren
17 Ben Franks
18 Paul Hill
19 JJ Tonks
20 Teimana Harrison
21 James Mitchell
22 Fraser Dingwall
23 Ryan Olowofela

Referee: Michael Hudson
Assistant Referees: Alex Thomas and Wayne Falla
TMO: David Grashoff

Not available for selection:
Harry Mallinder (knee), Dylan Hartley (knee), Alex Mitchell (knee), Reece Marshall (hamstring), Mikey Haywood (knee), Jamie Gibson (shoulder), Heinz Brüssow (ankle), and Paddy Ryan (knee)

International duty:
Dan Biggar (Wal), Piers Francis (Eng), Courtney Lawes (Eng), Lewis Ludlam (Eng), Api Ratuniyarawa (Fiji), Cobus Reinach (SA), and Ahsee Tuala (Sam).

 

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Teams Up: Saints v Wasps - Premiership Cup
Discussion started by Marching On (IP Logged), 27/09/2019 12:07
Marching On
Marching On
27/09/2019 12:07
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tedge
tedge
27/09/2019 12:11
Well my message has disappeared but never mind. I repeat that this is an exceptionally interesting selection and I look forward to seeing Symons effective debut and Coles at 6. Shame that Mallinder is still missing and what's happened to Alex Moon this season ?

tedge
tedge
27/09/2019 12:16
By the way: looking at the up to date first team squad it looks (on paper) a pretty awesome group of players available this season: t'Offy

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Chris Hoddle
27/09/2019 12:23
and Pests,
Wasps team to face Northampton Saints at Franklin's Gardens this Saturday (3pm)
Wasps (First-team appearances)
15 Marcus Watson (30)
14 Paolo Odogwu (0)
13 Sam Spink (2)
12 Michael Le Bourgeois (15)
11 Josh Bassett (105)
10 Jacob Umaga (8)
9 Sam Wolstenholme (1)
1 Zurabi Zhvania (24)
2 Tom Cruse (63)
3 Biyi Alo (1)
4 Tim Cardall (4)
5 Charlie Matthews (14)
6 Brad Shields (c) (15)
7 Nizaam Carr (37)
8 Sione Vailanu (1)

Replacements
16 Gabriel Oghre (7)
17 Tom West (12)
18 Jeff Toomaga-Allen (0)
19 Thibaud Flament (1)
20 Jack Willis (36)
21 Henry Clement (1)
22 Rob Miller (103)
23 Owain James (8)

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Harry the Dog
Harry the Dog
27/09/2019 12:47
tedge
27/09/2019 12:16

Is it just me or do most of the players look like they've had their heads squashed in a vice on that Offy
link?

ancient mariner
ancient mariner
27/09/2019 12:52
And The Franks brothers are wearing exactly the same shirt - photoshop at work!

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Connorman
27/09/2019 12:53
Tedge - Alex Moon is not listed as ‘not available for selection’, so I guess it’s just a selection choice.

Coles at 6 is an interesting one. That pack is pretty big.

Saint Ted
Saint Ted
27/09/2019 13:00
Quote:
tedge
Well my message has disappeared but never mind. I repeat that this is an exceptionally interesting selection and I look forward to seeing Symons effective debut and Coles at 6. Shame that Mallinder is still missing and what's happened to Alex Moon this season ?

That was me Tedge, I've got a crack down my phone so it's a complete lottery as to if I've hit merge or delete

tedge
tedge
27/09/2019 13:04
No worries Ted - I for one am very grateful for all you do on the forum

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Chris Hoddle
27/09/2019 13:43
No mention of George Furbank either?

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Awaywin
Awaywin
27/09/2019 14:25
Also interested to see Coles at 6. Whether this is a development opportunity to grow his all round game or whether he will be come on of the ever increasingly popular second row/6 hybrids a kin to Lawes or Itoje is to be seen. I presume with the absentees and resting Harrision it is pretty much a necessity.

Hopefully they can put on a good show for those of us their and those watching on TV. Hopeful of the win and building that winning mentality.

Scrummy
Scrummy
28/09/2019 08:48
I am really interested to see what Lewis Bean can do. And I would not want to be kicking long to our back three if I was a wasp.

Dragonboy
Dragonboy
28/09/2019 09:57
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Scrummy
I am really interested to see what Lewis Bean can do. And I would not want to be kicking long to our back three if I was a wasp.
Agree on that. Far better to kick it off the park I think as our winking smiley Coles and Wood in the back row plus the seconds really looks very tasty, and Eadie’s no slouch either.

fair_weather_fan
fair_weather_fan
28/09/2019 13:00
I think Alex Moon is on his rest period following the u-20's world cup.

Having a more beefy 6 will go a long way to rebalancing our pack since we dont have a big 8.

BTW is Tim Cardall ex of this parish?

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