Northampton Wanderers have named their side to take on Wasps in this evening’s rearranged home Premiership Rugby Shield match at Franklin’s Gardens (kick-off 7pm).
Academy head coach Mark Hopley and academy manager Simon Sinclair will be at the helm for the Wandies’ eighth game of the season, with the men in Black, Green and Gold looking to close the gap at the top of the Northern Conference.
Northampton claimed a two-point victory over the Coventry-based side in the last round of games in December, and will be keen to build momentum ahead of clashes with Worcester Cavaliers, Newcastle Falcons and Leicester Tigers during the next month.
“We’re really excited to get back into action with the Wanderers; a lot of the guys are looking to put their hands up for game-time in the first team,” said Sinclair.
“We’ve already seen this season that if you perform well in these matches you can progress into the Premiership and European competitions, so everyone involved knows what’s at stake and is relishing the challenge.
“We had a really tight game against Wasps back in December and this should be another good test. We’re desperate to qualify for the knock-out stages of the Shield to try and defend our title once again.
“I wanted to thank Bury St Edmunds for releasing Tui Uru to pull on a Northampton shirt for the first time – he’s joining the Club full-time next year and we have really high hopes for him, I’m sure he’ll be keen to show the Franklin’s Gardens crowd what he’s all about.”
Due to an event taking place in the Rodber Bar, all supporters coming to this game must park in Car Park D.
Seating will be in the Church’s Stand with bar facilities only available in the Marquee bar – disabled seating will be available in the Church’s Stand also.
Home Wanderers matches remain free to attend for Season Ticket Holders; with tickets costing £5 for adults and £2 for under-16s for those without a Season Ticket.
NORTHAMPTON WANDERERS vs WASPS
Premiership Rugby Shield, Round Eight
Monday 25 March, 2019
1 Will Davis
2 Samson Ma’asi
3 Jamal Ford-Robinson
4 Lewis Bean
5 Alex Coles
6 Devante Onojaife
7 Mitch Eadie
8 Tui Uru*