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Jim Mallinder has made eight changes to Northampton Saints’ starting line-up for this weekend’s home clash against Ospreys.

Saints welcome the Welsh region to Franklin’s Gardens having won the last six meetings between the sides, the most recent being a 36-6 triumph back in 2014.

Ahsee Tuala – who signed a new two-year Saints contract this week – is the only change to the back three, with the Samoan international joining full-back Harry Mallinder and Ben Foden.

Luther Burrell returns to the midfield to partner Rob Horne, with Piers Francis and Nic Groom forming a new-look half-back partnership.

Meanwhile there are also two changes in the engine room as both David Ribbans and Christian Day return from injury, with Courtney Lawes shifting to blindside flanker.

Alex Waller misses out through injury in the front row, so Francois van Wyk comes in with Dylan Hartley continuing to skipper the side from hooker.

And in the back row Lewis Ludlam is the final change to last week’s side, with the 22-year-old now fully recovered from glandular fever and making his first ever start in the Champions Cup at openside flanker.

“We’ve made a few changes as we’re looking to find the winning formula,” said Mallinder. “The lads have worked hard this week and we’re looking forward to the game.

“We’ve shown improvements on the field the last two weeks and are determined to produce a performance our fans can be proud of.”

Tickets are still available for the match starting from £28 for adults or £12 for juniors. CLICK HERE to book online.

SAINTS V OSPREYS TEAM NEWS
European Champions Cup Round Three
Franklin's Gardens
Saturday 9 December, 2017
Kick-off: 5.30pm 

SAINTS OSPREYS

15 Harry Mallinder
14 Ahsee Tuala
13 Rob Horne
12 Luther Burrell
11 Ben Foden
10 Piers Francis
9 Nic Groom

1 Francois van Wyk
2 Dylan Hartley (capt)
3 Jamal Ford-Robinson
4 David Ribbans
5 Christian Day
6 Courtney Lawes
7 Lewis Ludlam
8 Teimana Harrison

Replacements:
16 Mikey Haywood
17 Campese Ma’afu
18 Paul Hill
19 Michael Paterson
20 Jamie Gibson
21 Cobus Reinach
22 Stephen Myler
23 JP Estelles

 

15 Dan Evans
14 Hanno Dirksen
13 Kieron Fonotia
12 Owen Watkin
11 Jeff Hassler
10 Sam Davies
9 Tom Habberfield

1 Nicky Smith
2 Scott Baldwin
3 Dmitri Arhip
4 Bradley Davies
5 Alun Wyn Jones (capt)
6 Dan Lydiate
7 Olly Cracknell
8 James King 

Replacements:
16 Scott Otten
17 Rowan Jenkins
18 Ma’afu Fia
19 Adam Beard
20 Rob McCusker
21 Reuben Morgan-Williams
22 James Hook
23 Ben John

Injury update:

Kieran Brookes (hand), Charlie Clare (knee), Tom Collins (foot), James Craig (concussion), George North (knee), Tom Stephenson (hamstring) and Alex Waller (arm) are unavailable for selection

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