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Teams Up: Saints v Bristol

Mitchell returns

By Saint Ted
February 14 2020

NORTHAMPTON SAINTS vs BRISTOL BEARSGallagher Premiership Rugby, Round 10Sunday 16 February 2020Franklin’s GardensKick-off: 3pm

Club co-captain Teimana Harrison will notch up his 150th Northampton appearance this weekend as Saints take on Bristol Bears, with director of rugby Chris Boyd making five changes to his starting XV for the Franklin’s Gardens clash.

The men in Black, Green and Gold sit second in the Gallagher Premiership standings despite a frustrating loss to London Irish last time out – their first home defeat in the league this season.

But with the Bears coming to Town this Sunday (kick-off: 3pm), Saints will be hoping to extend a superb recent record against the West Country outfit having won seven of their last eight meetings stretching back to 2008.

Harrison will lead out the hosts on his 150th appearance for the Club, with several players returning for Northampton either from injury or international duty.

Scotland centre Rory Hutchinson will line-up in the centres alongside Matt Proctor, who starts his first match since December after recovering from a concussion.

Half-backs James Grayson and Cobus Reinach are selected together for the second game running, with the No.9 in scintillating form at present having scored six tries in Saints’ last five matches.

Meanwhile Taqele Naiyaravoro keeps his place in the back three but Tom Collins and Harry Mallinder both come in to start, with the latter making his first Premiership appearance for 15 months.

There are two further changes to the pack as lock Alex Moon returns from England duty to partner Alex Coles in the engine room, and club co-captain Alex Waller is named at loosehead prop alongside Mikey Haywood and Owen Franks in the front row.

Northampton’s back row of Harrison, Tom Wood and Mitch Eadie remains unchanged in terms of personnel, but Boyd has shuffled the trio around with Harrison this week wearing No.8.

Amongst the replacements the headline returnee for Saints is scrum-half Alex Mitchell – who is in line for his first appearance in Black, Green and Gold since sustaining a knee injury playing for England against the Barbarians last summer – with Fraser Dingwall also picked on the bench after spending the last few weeks in camp with the Red Rose.

15 Harry Mallinder
14 Tom Collins
13 Matt Proctor
12 Rory Hutchinson
11 Taqele Naiyaravoro
10 James Grayson
9 Cobus Reinach

1 Alex Waller (co-capt)
2 Mikey Haywood
3 Owen Franks
4 Alex Coles
5 Alex Moon
6 Mitch Eadie
7 Tom Wood
8 Teimana Harrison (co-capt)

16 James Fish
17 Ben Franks
18 Paul Hill
19 Lewis Bean
20 Devante Onojaife
21 Alex Mitchell
22 Fraser Dingwall
23 Ahsee Tuala

Referee: Matthew Carley
Assistant referees: Karl Dickson & Wayne Barnes
TMO: Graham Hughes

Not available for selection:
Jamie Gibson (ankle), David Ribbans (ankle), Api Ratuniyarawa (suspension), Piers Francis (concussion), Dan Biggar (concussion), Ollie Sleightholme (hamstring) and JJ Tonks (neck).

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Teams Up: Saints v Bristol
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Marching On
14/02/2020 12:04
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14/02/2020 12:08
Bristol Bears team to face Northampton Saints at Franklinís Gardens on Sunday, February 16th (3pm KO):

15. Charles Piutau
14. Luke Morahan
13. Piers OíConor
12. Sam Bedlow
11. Alapati Leiua
10. Callum Sheedy
9. Harry Randall

1. Jake Woolmore
2. Shaun Malton
3. John Afoa
4. Dave Attwood
5. Chris Vui
6. Steven Luatua (c)
7. Dan Thomas
8. Nathan Hughes

16. Will Capon
17. Yann Thomas
18. Lewis Thiede
19. Joe Joyce
20. Jake Heenan
21. Andy Uren
22. Ian Madigan
23. Henry Purdy

Unavailable: Harry Thacker (neck), Jordan Lay (knee), James Lay (leg), Max Lahiff (shoulder), Aly Muldowney (head), Siale Piutau (knee), Luke Daniels (shoulder), Will Hurrell (head), Charlie Powell (ankle).

14/02/2020 12:09
Saints selection probably as good as it can be

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Abington Adam
14/02/2020 12:14
That's a strong lineup for Saints, we can have no excuses around player availability if we come up short on Sunday.

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Yorkie Saint
14/02/2020 12:17
looks a close game on paper, but i get the feeling there'll be about 80 points shared around. Hopefully slightly our way.

Actually - just checked the weather....

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14/02/2020 12:28
I'm hoping to see some of Vass's influence on our defensive performance

14/02/2020 13:27
Awesome looking backline and great to see Mitchell and Proctor back and Harry starting. Not sure I agree about player unavailability not being an issue in the pack; second row and back row are both a bit light. Think it will be won/lost with our defence and decision making if the weather is bad.

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Saint Stokey
14/02/2020 14:25
I know we're all fully aware but its worth noting that Lawes, Ludlam & Furbank are still away with international squads... just to add to 'those unavailable due to selection'.

Saint Stokey
14/02/2020 14:29
Oh, and for any Sarries fans looking in... 9 out of starting 15 and 13 out of 23 man squad from the Academy.

Properly from the Academy!

14/02/2020 14:43
Saints Twitter
While this weekend's game is planned to go ahead as scheduled, we are advising supporters to check our website and social media feeds on Sunday morning for any final updates.

14/02/2020 16:22
Saints selection probably as good as it can be

It's not any worse than the team selection at the start of the season.

14/02/2020 16:40
Great back line
Pack will need to avoid an arm wrestle

Wilson Pickett
14/02/2020 16:55
*pack will need to win the imminent arm wrestle

14/02/2020 17:00
The weight/power ratio is not stacked in our favour.
Need to play smart
Need a good controlling game from the half backs

Wilson Pickett
14/02/2020 17:03
when have Cobus and Grays done that?

just need a comitted performance, wear them down, play in the right areas and hopefully some space opens up last 20

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14/02/2020 17:29
As long as we stay away from 20 minutes of scrummaging in the ticket-office corner this time I'll be satisfied!


St Saltaire
14/02/2020 18:52
Good side considering the International call ups with strong bench as well. I am very interested to see what our tactics will be - I hope that there will be no repeated kicking the ball out on the full.

Sir Hector
14/02/2020 21:23
Good to see Paul Hill on the bench, hopefully heíll get some much needed game time. It looks like Ferguson is making sure we rotate all our props picking starters on form and bench by rotation. It would be unfortunate if the rumours of Paul being poached are true, I think heís got a lot to offer Saints and Iíd like to see him stay on.

Nigel Scott
15/02/2020 18:32
hopefully there will be more than 11 saints on the pitch at the end this season

15/02/2020 21:53
Good looking team! Results have gone our way this weekend so a win tomorrow and we could be 7 points clear of third

15/02/2020 22:09
The weather is likely to make a lottery of the game, irrespective of intent

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