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Saints team named for sold-out derby day

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Both teams are coming into the game on the back of a string of positive performances and results, and with just three rounds of Aviva Premiership Rugby remaining are very much in the hunt not just for a play-off spot but a home semi-final as well.

"It's a big game," director of rugby Jim Mallinder said this week. "Obviously Leicester are our local rivals, but we know that we've got three games to go in the regular season and we want to win all three to give us a chance of a home semi-final. That's what we're aiming for and I'm sure that everyone's going to be up for Saturday's game.


"We've certainly been focused solely on tomorrow's game this week and have not been talking about what has gone before. We've trained hard and have prepared for what's going to come at us on Saturday. Leicester are physical up front and love the set piece, but they like to play a bit too and get on the front foot. So we'll have to be at the top of our game."


Tomorrow's game is completely sold out. However supporters can watch it live and exclusively on ESPN Classic (free to Sky Sports and Virgin Media XL subscribers) or listen to match commentary on BBC Radio Northampton.


The Saints' official Facebook page and Twitter feed will have the usual match blog and score updates respectively.


NORTHAMPTON SAINTS TEAM TO PLAY LEICESTER

Aviva Premiership Rugby Round 20

Franklin's Gardens

Saturday, April 14th, 2012

Kick off 2:15pm

15 Ben FODEN

14 Chris ASHTON

13 George PISI

12 James DOWNEY

11 Paul DIGGIN

10 Ryan LAMB

9 Lee DICKSON (capt)

1 Soane TONGA'UIHA

2 Andy LONG

3 Brian MUJATI

4 Samu MANOA

5 Christian DAY

6 James CRAIG

7 Phil DOWSON

8 Roger WILSON


Replacements

16 Ross MCMILLAN

17 Alex WALLER

18 Paul DORAN JONES

19 Mark SORENSON

20 Ben NUTLEY

21 Martin ROBERTS

22 Stephen MYLER

23 Tom MAY