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Two changes for Saints ahead of trip to Harlequins

Director of Rugby Phil Dowson has made two changes to his Northampton Saints starting line-up to face Harlequins on Sunday, with Angus Scott-Young and Tom Collins coming into the starting XV. 

Scott-Young starts his second Gallagher Premiership match as the men in Black, Green and Gold head to Twickenham Stoop, while winger Collins moves back into the No. 11 shirt to make his 130th Saints appearance. 

After claiming a dramatic late 32-31 winner in the last meeting of the two sides, Saints go in search of their second Premiership win of the season when they head to the Stoop for the first time since 2021.

Emmanuel Iyogun, Sam Matavesi and Alfie Petch reprise their roles in the front row for Round 4, with Lukhan Salakaia-Loto and Alex Coles continuing in the engine room behind them. 

Scott-Young takes to blindside flanker as he comes back into the starting line-up, joining captain Lewis Ludlam and No. 8 Juarno Augustus in the back row to round off the pack. 

Alex Mitchell and Dan Biggar return to man Northampton’s half-back berths, with Rory Hutchinson and Fraser Dingwall also named in Saints’ centres for the second consecutive week. 

Incoming Collins partners England internationals Tommy Freeman and George Furbank in the back three to complete the starting XV, with Oisín Heffernan, Alex Moon, Sam Graham, Ollie Sleightholme and Matt Proctor among those set to make an impact off the bench. 

Gallagher Premiership Rugby, Round 4
Sunday 2 October
Twickenham Stoop
Kick-off: 3pm

15 George Furbank
14 Tommy Freeman
13 Fraser Dingwall
12 Rory Hutchinson
11 Tom Collins
10 Dan Biggar
9 Alex Mitchell

1 Emmanuel Iyogun
2 Sam Matavesi
3 Alfie Petch
4 Lukhan Salakaia-Loto
5 Alex Coles
6 Angus Scott-Young
7 Lewis Ludlam ©
8 Juarno Augustus

16 Mikey Haywood
17 Oisín Heffernan
18 Paul Hill
19 Alex Moon
20 Sam Graham
21 Tom James
22 Matt Proctor
23 Ollie Sleightholme

Not considered for selection:
Matthew Arden, Callum Burns, James Fish, Joseph Gaffan, Danny Hobbs-Awoyemi, Courtney Lawes, Alex Waller, Ethan Waller and Karl Wilkins.

Referee: Christophe Ridley
Assistant referees: Joe James and Gareth Holsgrove
No.4: Nick Wood 
TMO: Dean Richards

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