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Saints name side for rearranged Premiership Rugby Cup clash with Saracens

Alex Waller returns for Northampton Saints on Wednesday evening as they return to Premiership Rugby Cup action against Saracens at cinch Stadium at Franklin’s Gardens.

After kicking off their Cup campaign with a frustrating last-gasp 28-26 defeat at London Irish, Saints head back to Northampton for their first home match of the competition to take on Saracens – after the match was originally postponed following the death of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II.

Recovering from an injury sustained in Gallagher Premiership action a fortnight ago, Waller returns to start at loosehead prop – with tighthead prop Oisín Heffernan joining him in the front row alongside Academy hooker Aston Gradwick-Light. 

Saints name an unchanged lock pairing of Brandon Nansen and Tom Lockett in the engine room, while Kayde Sylvester, Henry Pollock and Aaron Hinkley complete the pack in the back row. 

Meanwhile captain Callum Braley partners James Grayson in the half-back berths for the second consecutive week, with Joel Matavesi and Tom Litchfield also retaining their spots in Saints’ centres. 

Wingers Frankie Sleightholme and Courtnall Skosan come into the starting line-up for Wednesday’s match, with James Ramm rounding off the back three at fullback. 

Amongst the replacements, Emeka Atuanya, Archie Kean and guest player Isaac Bell (Loughborough University) could all feature in a competitive match in Black, Green and Gold for the first time, should they enter the action. 

Tickets for the clash are still available to purchase, with prices starting from £17 adult and £8 child*.

Premiership Rugby Cup, Round 1 (rearranged fixture)
Wednesday 5 October 2022
cinch Stadium at Franklin’s Gardens
Kick-off: 7.45pm

15 James Ramm
14 Courtnall Skosan
13 Tom Litchfield
12 Joel Matavesi
11 Frankie Sleightholme
10 James Grayson
9 Callum Braley (c)

1 Alex Waller
2 Aston Gradwick-Light 
3 Oisín Heffernan
4 Brandon Nansen
5 Tom Lockett
6 Kayde Sylvester
7 Henry Pollock**
8 Aaron Hinkley

16 Isaac Bell***
17 Marty Mulhall
18 Ehren Painter
19 Emeka Atuanya
20 Angus Scott-Young
21 Jake Garside
22 Archie Kean
23 Toby Thame

** Saints Academy U18
*** Guest Player

Referee: Andrew Jackson
Assistant Referees: Charlie Gayther and Alex Thomas
No.4: Dean Richards

* All ticket prices are subject to a £1.50 booking fee. Please note, ticket prices rise by £3 per ticket if purchased on matchday.

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