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Grayson to lead Wanderers in season opener

James Grayson skippers Northampton Wanderers as they get their Premiership Rugby Shield campaign underway against Wasps A at Franklin’s Gardens tonight (kick-off 7.30pm). 

Having reached the knock-out stages of the competition last term, Wanderers' coaches have opted for youth in their first matchday squad of the Shield competition – with an average age of less than 20 years old across the starting XV.

Toby Trinder, Jack Hughes and Karl Garside pack down in the front row, with Alex Coles and Devante Onojaife behind them in the engine room. 

JJ Tonks teams up with Ollie Newman and Tui Uru to complete the pack while Connor Tupai joins captain Grayson in the half-back berths. 

Tommy Mathews and Fraser Strachan fill the centre spots for the season opener, while Ryan Olowofela and the Club’s youngest ever modern-day Saint Josh Gillespie join Tommy Freeman to make up the back three.

Tickets for tonight’s match are available on the gate for just £5 adults and £2 juniors, with entry FREE for 2019/20 Season Ticket Holders. And if you're unable to make it to the Gardens, tonight's game will be streamed live on both our Facebook and YouTube channels thanks to Alpha Live.

Premiership Rugby Shield R1
Monday 25 November, 2019
Kick-off 7.30pm

15 Tommy Freeman
14 Josh Gillespie
13 Fraser Strachan
12 Tommy Mathews
11 Ryan Olowofela
10 James Grayson (capt)
9 Connor Tupai

1 Toby Trinder
2 Jack Hughes
3 Karl Garside
4 Alex Coles
5 Devante Onojaife
6 JJ Tonks
7 Ollie Newman
8 Tui Uru

16 Sam McNulty* (Coventry)
17 Ed Prowse* (Coventry)
18 Emmanuel Iyogun
19 Lewis Bean
20 George Cox* (Nottingham)
21 Mitch Eadie
22 James Mitchell
23 Rob Povey* (Coventry)

*Denotes guest player

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