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Dowson skippers Saints for Newport trip

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The Saints take on Newport-Gwent Dragons sitting top of Pool 4, but with results being compared against teams in their own pool, not against the teams that they are playing, it is important for the travellers to maintain their 100 percent record in their hunt for the semi-finals.


With nearly 20 players unavailable due to either injury or international call-up the Saints coaches have made a number of changes to the match squad which beat Castres last Friday night.


James Wilson returns for the first time since early December, with Ben Nutley another returnee from medium-term injury. Dom Waldouck and Tom Stephenson renew their partnership in the centres, while GJ Van Velze, Teimana Harrison, Ross McMillan, Rob Verbakel, Matt Williams and Alex Day all come back into the match squad.


There are two potential debutants on the bench; England Under-20 loosehead prop Danny Hobbs-Awoyemi and tighthead prop Adam Parkins, who has been a regular with Moseley in the Championship this season.


Saturday’s game is being shown live on Sky Sports 1, and you can hear the thoughts of director of rugby Jim Mallinder, fly half Glenn Dickson and prop Ethan Waller in the official Saints podcast, available to stream or download on any device for free by CLICKING HERE.


And supporters can follow the action as it happens wherever they are with the text commentary at www.saintslive.co.uk


NORTHAMPTON SAINTS TEAM TO PLAY NEWPORT-GWENT DRAGONS

LV= Cup Round 3

Rodney Parade

Saturday, January 25th, 2014

Kick off 2:30pm

15 James WILSON

14 Ken PISI

13 Tom STEPHENSON

12 Dom WALDOUCK

11 Fa’atoina AUTAGAVAIA

10 Glenn DICKSON

9 Kahn FOTUALI’I

1 Ethan WALLER

2 Mike HAYWOOD

3 Gareth DENMAN

4 Rob VERBAKEL

5 Christian DAY

6 Teimana HARRISON

7 Phil DOWSON (capt)

8 GJ VAN VELZE


Replacements

16 Ross MCMILLAN

17 Danny HOBBS-AWOYEMI

18 Adam PARKINS

19 Ben NUTLEY

20 Matt WILLIAMS

21 Alex DAY

22 Sam OLVER

23 George PISI