Fly-half Dan Biggar will make his 50th appearance for Northampton Saints on Friday evening as the men in Black, Green and Gold lock horns with Worcester Warriors.
The hosts make four changes to the starting XV in total from the side that faced Wasps a fortnight ago, with Director of Rugby Chris Boyd also handing a Club debut to wing Courtnall Skosan after the Springbok’s arrival from the Lions.
Saints will be looking to build on their superb home record against Worcester in the Gallagher Premiership, having won the last 11 times the sides have met at cinch Stadium at Franklin’s Gardens – a run stretching back to January 2007.
Wales and British & Irish Lions international Biggar starts in the No.10 jersey for the third straight match for Saints, notching up his 50th Club appearance in the process.
Scrum-half Alex Mitchell also celebrates a milestone on this 50th Premiership appearance, while Rory Hutchinson returns to Northampton’s midfield to partner Fraser Dingwall with Matt Proctor ruled out through injury.
Skosan makes his first Saints appearance in the only other change to the hosts’ backline, with Tommy Freeman – who celebrated his first senior England call-up this week – starting at fullback and Ollie Sleightholme on the other wing.
Flanker Lewis Ludlam will skipper Northampton with Teimana Harrison returning to the No.8 jersey and Courtney Lawes rounding off the back row.
Meanwhile David Ribbans and Api Ratuniyarawa continue their partnership in the engine room, and one change in the front row sees Alex Waller join Sam Matavesi and Paul Hill to round off the pack.
Saints opt for a six-two split on the bench for Friday’s clash, with Emmanuel Iyogun and Piers Francis both primed for their first appearances of the season if they enter the action.
NORTHAMPTON SAINTS vs WORCESTER WARRIORS
Gallagher Premiership Rugby, Round 6
Friday 22 October 2021
cinch Stadium at Franklin’s Gardens
15 Tommy Freeman
14 Ollie Sleightholme
13 Fraser Dingwall
12 Rory Hutchinson
11 Courtnall Skosan
10 Dan Biggar
9 Alex Mitchell
1 Alex Waller
2 Sam Matavesi
3 Paul Hill
4 David Ribbans
5 Api Ratuniyarawa
6 Courtney Lawes
7 Lewis Ludlam (c)
8 Teimana Harrison
16 Mike Haywood
17 Emmanuel Iyogun
18 Ehren Painter
19 Tom Wood
20 Juarno Augustus
21 Frank Lomani
22 Piers Francis
23 Alex Coles
Not considered for selection:
Matthew Arden, Callum Burns, George Furbank, Oisín Heffernan, Dani Long-Martinez, Ollie Newman, Matt Proctor and JJ Tonks.
Referee: Ian Tempest
Assistant referees: Karl Dickson and Christophe Ridley
No.4: Simon Harding
TMO: Adam Leal