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Teams Up: Saints V Wasps

By Saint Ted
November 16 2018

NORTHAMPTON SAINTS v WASPSGallagher Premiership Rugby, Round SevenSaturday 17 November, 2018Franklin’s GardensKick-off: 1pm

Northampton Saints director of rugby Chris Boyd has made four changes to his starting XV to take on Wasps at Franklin’s Gardens this Saturday (kick-off 1pm).

George Furbank, Fraser Dingwall and Alex Moon all make their first starts in the Gallagher Premiership, with Will Davis, Karl Garside and Ollie Sleightholme also set to earn their league debuts in Black, Green and Gold if they come off the bench against Saints’ midlands rivals.

Northampton will be looking for a second victory over Wasps in the space of three weeks – after winning 15-14 in Coventry earlier this month – but Saturday’s clash will also see Saints honour the Club’s fallen war heroes in its annual Remembrance Ceremony.

Alex Waller will lead out Boyd’s side at Franklin’s Gardens, with James Fish selected at hooker and Ben Franks completing the front row.

David Ribbans, who has started every Gallagher Premiership match so far this season, continues that streak and is joined in Saints’ engine room by Moon – who impressed over the last three weeks in the Premiership Rugby Cup competition.

Northampton’s back row features flanker Lewis Ludlam and No.8 Teimana Harrison, plus there is a return to Premiership action for the first time since March for Tom Wood.

Cobus Reinach and James Grayson make up the side’s half-back axis with Dingwall joining Piers Francis in the midfield, and Saints’ back-three is unchanged from last weekend’s trip to Gloucester as Taqele Naiyaravoro, Andrew Kellaway and Furbank line up together.

“It’s very much part of the mantra of what Saints is about, to give the younger guys the opportunities to perform,” said Boyd.

“And then if they go ahead and do that, we’ve got to trust them to keep moving forward – so the likes of Alex Moon, Fraser Dingwall and George Furbank have all played really well the last three weeks and deserve to retain their spots.

“Last weekend gave us some good lessons in terms of game management and it was a really gutsy performance from the team. We have a lot of up-and-coming players, and they are all doing a great job for us right now.”

15 George Furbank
14 Andrew Kellaway
13 Fraser Dingwall
12 Piers Francis
11 Taqele Naiyaravoro
10 James Grayson
9 Cobus Reinach

1 Alex Waller (c)
2 James Fish
3 Ben Franks
4 David Ribbans
5 Alex Moon
6 Tom Wood
7 Lewis Ludlam
8 Teimana Harrison

16 Reece Marshall
17 Will Davis
18 Karl Garside*
19 Api Ratuniyarawa
20 Jamie Gibson
21 Alex Mitchell
22 Luther Burrell
23 Ollie Sleightholme

* Guest player

Not available for selection:
Ken Pisi (shoulder), Nafi Tuitavake (neck), Andy Symons (knee), Jamal Ford-Robinson (knee), Harry Mallinder (knee), James Haskell (ankle), Heinrich Brüssow (concussion), James Craig (concussion), Paul Hill (shoulder), Ehren Painter (back), Mikey Haywood (knee) and Tom Collins (eye).


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Teams Up: Saints V Wasps
Discussion started by Marching On (IP Logged), 16/11/2018 11:30
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16/11/2018 11:30
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Saint Ted
Saint Ted
16/11/2018 11:31
Balls, I've hit delete instead of merge, sorry tedge!

16/11/2018 11:33
Doesn't matter - interesting that Dom Barrow does not make the squad.

16/11/2018 11:41
Here's Wasps:

15 Rob Miller
14 Marcus Watson
13 Juan de Jongh
12 Gaby Lovobalavu
11 Josh Bassett
10 Lima Sopoaga
9 Joe Simpson
1 Ben Harris
2 Tom Cruse
3 Kieran Brookes
4 Will Rowlands
5 James Gaskell
6 Ashley Johnson (c)
7 Thomas Young
8 Tom Willis

16 Antonio Harris
17 Tom West
18 Jake Cooper-Woolley
19 Kearnan Myall
20 Ben Morris
21 Craig Hampson
22 Billy Searle
23 Michael Le Bourgeois

16/11/2018 11:42
I know there are injuries but what a boost for the younger - academy players who have performed over past few weeks
I do wonder what the team would have looked like under Jim
Just need to win now


16/11/2018 11:44
It's going to be a tough ask. The Wasps squad looks formidable. Having said that, we are at home, and hopefully that will count for something.

Pleased to see Moon in again, I thought he was excellent recently. According to the Offy he is the heaviest and tallest lock in the squad, so adds ballast and size. Lenny Newman was impressed with him on Radio Noddy.

Also big congrats to Karl Garside, what a moment for him if he comes on - along with a couple of others having debut league games.

Sans Culottes
Sans Culottes
16/11/2018 11:47
Wasps look to have a quite a bit more experience across the squad. The young un's will need to be be ready for a tough game.

Looking forward to Alex v Kieran.

Dick Dastardly
Thrupp artist
16/11/2018 11:59
I like the fact that the average age of our starting XV is 23 and that that the replacements are likely to reduce that further. Good luck to the debutants.

16/11/2018 12:06
Very young side . It's a big risk although they'll be hungry.

Also gone for weight in the pack. Fish over Marshall, Moon over Barrow, Davis over van Wyk.

Wasps are out of form and have players away, but they are still strong.

Super win if we can get it.

16/11/2018 12:32
We should win every scrum, if the opinions about Brookes over the past years are anything to go by.

16/11/2018 12:38
It would be a very very good win if the lads pulled it off. Good luck to them.

16/11/2018 20:11
Exciting to see the young lads in there being given a chance , I’m sure they’ll do us proud!

17/11/2018 08:15
Hats off to Boyd for sticking to his youth policy.

With the pressure of our position in the league a lot of DoRs would have aired on the side of caution and picked the internationals Api and Luther.

Apart from his courage I also love his positivity when I read his thinking in the media. He seems to bring a positive energy. Our defence is back working hard again.


Joe Davison
Toulousian Firefighter
17/11/2018 08:44
Looking forward to seeing how furry gets on. Seems to always break the firet tackle and deceptively strong.

In the past, we’ve stood off players like miller, Bassett and Watson and they’ve made fools of us.

Some of our tackling earlier on in the season was woeful, going too high and with no aggression. The try the Bristol scrum half had disallowed as an example - 3 players tackle him and he wriggles free. I’ve seen enough over the last couple off weeks to give me more confidence going forward. A player on the ankles and one hitting the chest - gets the team going. Hoping to see more of the same today.

Edited 1 time(s). Last edit at 2018:11:17:08:45:56 by Toulousian Firefighter.

17/11/2018 09:10
"furry" ?

Sans Culottes
Sans Culottes
17/11/2018 10:24
"furry" ?

Furbank at a guess

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