Luther Burrell makes his third start of pre-season © www.atsportphoto.com
Team News Saints go strong for final pre-season test in Leinster
The Saints have named a side full of strength for their concluding pre-season friendly in Dublin on Friday evening (KO 7pm), including first starts in Saints colours for George North, Alex Corbisiero and Gareth Denman against Irish giants Leinster.
Of the 30-man squad, 29 saw action last week in wins over Moseley or Edinburgh – some both – and the travelling party will be keen to end pre-season on good form as the Aviva Premiership opener with Exeter on September 7th looms.
North wears 11 in a backline where James Wilson also comes in at full back as the only other change. Courtney Lawes is the only front five forward who started the Gardens win against Edinburgh meanwhile, partnering Samu Manoa in his first appearance of 2013/14 after international duty with the USA.
There are two changes in the back row too, Sam Dickinson in at number 8 and double try scorer Phil Dowson skippering the Saints from the blindside against opposition they will tackle later this season in blockbuster back-to-back Heineken Cup clashes.
The standout names in the Leinster squad meanwhile are Jimmy Gopperth at fly half and skipper Shane Jennings. See the full squad by CLICKING HERE
Updates from Donnybrook will be available on the Saints’ Facebook and Twitter feeds, with full reaction following later in the evening.
SAINTS SIDE TO PLAY LEINSTER
Friday, August 30th, 2013
Kick off 7pm
15 James WILSON
14 Ken PISI
13 George PISI
12 Luther BURRELL
11 George NORTH
10 Stephen MYLER
9 Lee DICKSON
1 Alex CORBISIERO
2 Ross McMILLAN
3 Gareth DENMAN
4 Courtney LAWES
5 Samu MANOA
6 Calum CLARK
7 Phil DOWSON (capt)
8 Sam DICKINSON
Mike HAYWOOD, Alex WALLER, Tom MERCEY, Christian DAY, Tom WOOD, Ben NUTLEY, James CRAIG, GJ VAN VELZE, Ryan GLYNN, Jamie ELLIOTT, Vasily ARTEMYEV, Tom STEPHENSON, Tom COLLINS, Paul DIGGIN, Sam OLVER