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Saints name first U18s side of 2020

Academy coaches Will Parkin and James Craig have named their first side of the decade ahead of Northampton Saints U18s taking on Sale Sharks U18s this weekend.

The Premiership Rugby U18 League continues on Sunday afternoon (kick-off 2pm), as Saints look to move up the table following an impressive 50-28 win over Yorkshire Carnegie last time out. 

And taking to Franklin's Gardens for the first time this season, the side will be looking to start this block of three back-to-back home fixtures with the first win of 2020. 

Hooker Callum Burns will again lead the side this weekend, with Josh Bull and Tom Charter the only changes from the starting line-up that toppled Yorkshire before Christmas. 

"We were very pleased with the guys' effort last time out," said Parkin. "They put in a real shift against Yorkshire and it was really pleasing to see them keep fighting to notch up 50 points. 

"Like us, Sale have won one of their games so far this season and had a good start against Worcester Warriors; so we're under no illusions about the challenges we'll face this weekend. 

"But we're keen for the lads to learn from all their experiences, every game is challenging so we need to just take each game as it comes and use the same principles for every match.

“The lads are very excited to run out at Franklin's Gardens for the first time this season, we'd love to see a good crowd to cheer them on!"

The U18s will take to Pitch 1 at Franklin's Gardens this weekend, with attendance to the fixture completely FREE to all. Parking is available via Abbey Street, with Car Parks A, B and C open to the public. 

NORTHAMPTON SAINTS U18s v SALE SHARKS U18s
Sunday 5 January, 2020
Franklin's Gardens (Pitch 1)
Kick-off 2pm

15 Ollie Bevan
14 Josh Bull
13 Tom Litchfield
12 Ethan Grayson
11 Louis Martin
10 Matt Arden
9 Jake Garside

1 Josh Cilia
2 Callum Burns (capt)
3 Jack Bridges
4 Tom Charter
5 Tom Heslop
6 Dan Makepeace
7 Tom Ball
8 Ethan Wright

Replacements:
16 Finn McCartney
17 Jarno Longaretti
18 Olly Frostick
19 Georgdie Irvine
20 James Chalk
21 Jack Bowyer
22 Charlie Coe
23 Egan Brosnan

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