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Saints change eight for Sandy Park trip

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Over 40 players have seen action in the Saints’ LV= Cup campaign so far this season, and defence coach Alan Dickens admitted during the week that selection had been difficult for this weekend’s showcase.

In the backs James Wilson and Jamie Elliott come in at centre and wing respectively after missing the semi-final win over Saracens, with Stephen Myler swapping with Will Hooley at fly half, the latter dropping to the bench.

Up front there are returns to the starting line-up for props Alex Waller and Salesi Ma’afu, lock Samu Manoa and back rowers Calum Clark and GJ Van Velze.

Ethan Waller, Tom Mercey, James Craig and Ben Nutley all begin the game as replacements, along with Ross McMillan, Alex Day and Fa’atoina Autagavaia.

Sunday’s game is sold out, but supporters who are not making the trip can still follow the action on Sky Sports, BBC Radio Northampton, and at www.saintslive.co.uk

And you can hear the thoughts of Alan Dickens, Phil Dowson and Will Hooley right now on the Saints’ official podcast, along with an exclusive interview with Edgar Mobbs (great-nephew of Edgar Mobbs) looking ahead to next Wednesday’s Mobbs Memorial Match. Head to www.soundcloud.com/official-saints-rugby to stream or download for free on any device.

NORTHAMPTON SAINTS TEAM TO PLAY EXETER CHIEFS
LV= Cup Final

Sandy Park

Sunday, March 16th, 2014

Kick off 3:00pm

15 Ben FODEN

14 Ken PISI

13 George PISI

12 James WILSON

11 Jamie ELLIOTT

10 Stephen MYLER

9 Kahn FOTUALI’I

1 Alex WALLER

2 Mike HAYWOOD

3 Salesi MA’AFU

4 Samu MANOA

5 Christian DAY

6 Calum CLARK

7 Phil DOWSON (capt)

8 GJ VAN VELZE

Replacements

16 Ross MCMILLAN

17 Ethan WALLER

18 Tom MERCEY

19 James CRAIG

20 Ben NUTLEY

21 Alex DAY

22 Will HOOLEY

23 Fa’atoina AUTAGAVAIA