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Braley skippers Saints for Cup clash at London Irish

Calum Braley will lead out Northampton Saints this Tuesday evening as they head to Brentford to face London Irish in the Premiership Rugby Cup. 

The 28-year-old scrum-half skippers a side with a blend of experience and youth for Saints’ first Cup outing – after their Round 1 match was postponed – as the side head to the Gtech Community Stadium. 

Saints came out on top of the 38-22 scoreline when the sides locked horns in the Gallagher Premiership earlier this month, but the Exiles reached the final of last term’s Cup competition and Northampton will have a challenge on their hands if they are to add a second win over Irish on Tuesday night.

Captain Braley is joined by fly-half James Grayson in the half-back berths, with Joel Matavesi and Tom Litchfield named outside them in Northampton’s centres. 

James Ramm starts the match at fullback to play his first competitive Saints match, with Ollie Sleightholme and Courtnall Skosan combining on the wings outside him. 

Prop Ehren Painter returns from injury to start in the front row alongside hooker Robbie Smith and loanee loosehead prop Marty Mulhall – who arrived at Saints from Bristol Bears last week on a month-long loan deal – while Brandon Nansen and Tom Lockett make up Northampton’s engine room. 

Meanwhile, Kayde Sylvester, Aaron Hinkley and Sam Graham combine to complete Saints’ forwards and round off the starting XV. 

David Ribbans makes his return from injury to join Saints’ bench, while Senior Academy players Aston Gradwick-Light and Toby Thame are set for first senior outings in Black, Green and Gold, alongside England Under-18 internationals Henry Pollock and Archie McParland, should they enter the action from the bench.

Premiership Rugby Cup, Round 2
Tuesday 27 September 2022
Gtech Community Stadium
Kick-off: 7.45pm 

15 James Ramm
14 Courtnall Skosan
13 Tom Litchfield
12 Joel Matavesi
11 Ollie Sleightholme
10 James Grayson
9 Callum Braley (c)

1 Marty Mulhall
2 Robbie Smith
3 Ehren Painter
4 Brandon Nansen
5 Tom Lockett
6 Kayde Sylvester
7 Aaron Hinkley
8 Sam Graham

16 Aston Gradwick-Light
17 George Patten
18 Oisín Heffernan
19 David Ribbans
20 Henry Pollock*
21 Archie McParland*
22 Toby Thame
23 George Hendy

*Saints Academy Under-18

Referee: Dan Jones
Assistant Referees: Darryl Chapman and James Clarke

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