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Saints change eight for Sandy Park trip

Samu Manoa, Alex Waller and Calum Clark all come in © www.redhatphoto.com

Team News Saints change eight for Sandy Park trip

The Northampton Saints coaches have rung the changes for Sunday’s LV= Cup final against Exeter Chiefs.

Over 40 players have seen action in the Saints’ LV= Cup campaign so far this season, and defence coach Alan Dickens admitted during the week that selection had been difficult for this weekend’s showcase.

In the backs James Wilson and Jamie Elliott come in at centre and wing respectively after missing the semi-final win over Saracens, with Stephen Myler swapping with Will Hooley at fly half, the latter dropping to the bench.

Up front there are returns to the starting line-up for props Alex Waller and Salesi Ma’afu, lock Samu Manoa and back rowers Calum Clark and GJ Van Velze.

Ethan Waller, Tom Mercey, James Craig and Ben Nutley all begin the game as replacements, along with Ross McMillan, Alex Day and Fa’atoina Autagavaia.

Sunday’s game is sold out, but supporters who are not making the trip can still follow the action on Sky Sports, BBC Radio Northampton, and at www.saintslive.co.uk

And you can hear the thoughts of Alan Dickens, Phil Dowson and Will Hooley right now on the Saints’ official podcast, along with an exclusive interview with Edgar Mobbs (great-nephew of Edgar Mobbs) looking ahead to next Wednesday’s Mobbs Memorial Match. Head to www.soundcloud.com/official-saints-rugby to stream or download for free on any device.

NORTHAMPTON SAINTS TEAM TO PLAY EXETER CHIEFS
LV= Cup Final
Sandy Park
Sunday, March 16th, 2014
Kick off 3:00pm

15 Ben FODEN
14 Ken PISI
13 George PISI
12 James WILSON
11 Jamie ELLIOTT
10 Stephen MYLER
9 Kahn FOTUALI’I
1 Alex WALLER
2 Mike HAYWOOD
3 Salesi MA’AFU
4 Samu MANOA
5 Christian DAY
6 Calum CLARK
7 Phil DOWSON (capt)
8 GJ VAN VELZE

Replacements
16 Ross MCMILLAN
17 Ethan WALLER
18 Tom MERCEY
19 James CRAIG
20 Ben NUTLEY
21 Alex DAY
22 Will HOOLEY
23 Fa’atoina AUTAGAVAIA

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