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Saints freshen things up for Sale trip

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Following a short turnaround after a physical East Midlands derby the Saints coaches have used Thursday’s game as an opportunity to freshen the team during what is an intense run of matches that includes Aviva Premiership clashes against Leicester, Saracens, Bath and Sale and the LV= Cup semi-final and final.


Seven replacements from last Saturday have stepped up into the starting line-up, and while Dylan Hartley is unavailable due to injury the Saints welcome back forward Sam Dickinson and centres Tom Stephenson and Dom Waldouck into the 23-man match day squad.


Samoan international Fa’atoina Autagavaia returns to the wing for his first action since the LV= Cup final two-and-a-half weeks ago, as do hooker Ross McMillan and flanker Ben Nutley, while England Under-20 international Danny Hobbs-Awoyemi has been included on the bench.


The team is captained by Phil Dowson.


Thursday’s game is being shown live on Sky Sports 2, with live text commentary wherever you are at www.saintslive.co.uk


And you can hear the thoughts of forwards coach Dorian West, Lee Dickson and James Craig right now on the Saints’ official podcast, along with interviews with George Pisi and Adam Parkins. Download or stream for free on any device by CLICKING HERE


NORTHAMPTON SAINTS TEAM TO PLAY SALE

Amlin Challenge Cup Quarter Final

AJ Bell Stadium

Thursday, April 3rd, 2014

Kick off 8:00pm

15 Ben FODEN

14 Ken PISI

13 James WILSON

12 Tom STEPHENSON

11 Fa’atoina AUTAGAVAIA

10 Will HOOLEY

9 Lee DICKSON

1 Ethan WALLER

2 Ross MCMILLAN

3 Tom MERCEY

4 Sam DICKINSON

5 James CRAIG

6 Phil DOWSON (capt)

7 Ben NUTLEY

8 GJ VAN VELZE


Replacements

16 Matt WILLIAMS

17 Danny HOBBS-AWOYEMI

18 Gareth DENMAN

19 Christian DAY

20 Teimana HARRISON

21 Kahn FOTUALI’I

22 Dom WALDOUCK

23 Jamie ELLIOTT