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Saints change three for derby day

Kahn Fotuali'i returns at scrum-half for tomorrow's derby © www.redhatphoto.com

Team News Saints change three for derby day

The Northampton Saints coaches have made three changes to the starting line-up for Saturday’s Aviva Premiership Round 18 East Midlands derby.

The Saints host Leicester at a sold-out Franklin’s Gardens looking to regain the momentum that saw the team achieve a club record 13 successive victories between mid-December and mid-March.

Two of the changes are in the back line, where George Pisi returns at outside centre and Kahn Fotuali’i partnering Will Hooley in the half-backs. Up front Phil Dowson comes into the back row, with Tom Wood moving to Number 8.

Meanwhile Ethan Waller rejoins the replacements’ bench.

Saturday’s game may be sold out, but supporters can still stay in touch with the action as it happens by watching BT Sport 1 from 3pm, heading to www.saintslive.co.uk or listening to BBC Radio Northampton.

Alex King, Tom Wood and Mike Haywood have been giving their thoughts on the game to the Saints’ official podcast, available for free on any device by CLICKING HERE

This week’s edition also has an exclusive interview with England Under-20 prop Danny Hobbs-Awoyemi, who discusses the recent Six Nations and what it was like coming up against former Saint Chris Budgen in the Mobbs Memorial Match.

NORTHAMPTON SAINTS TEAM TO PLAY LEICESTER
Aviva Premiership Round 18
Franklin’s Gardens
Saturday, March 29th, 2014
Kick off 3:15pm
15 Ben FODEN
14 Jamie ELLIOTT
13 George PISI
12 Luther BURRELL
11 George NORTH
10 Will HOOLEY
9 Kahn FOTUALI’I
1 Alex WALLER
2 Dylan HARTLEY (capt)
3 Salesi MA’AFU
4 Courtney LAWES
5 Christian DAY
6 Calum CLARK
7 Phil DOWSON
8 Tom WOOD

Replacements
16 Mike HAYWOOD
17 Ethan WALLER
18 Tom MERCEY
19 James CRAIG
20 GJ VAN VELZE
21 Lee DICKSON
22 James WILSON
23 Ken PISI

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