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Wandies name strong side for trip to table-topping Worcester

Fly-half James Grayson will lead Northampton Wanderers again this evening, as the Premiership Rugby Shield competition continues with the side travelling to Sixways to face Worcester Cavaliers.

The Wanderers sit third in the Northern Conference heading into the clash, with two wins from three matches so far, but another triumph against the unbeaten Cavaliers would be a huge boost to the side’s ambition to secure a place in the competition’s knock-out stages.

Fullback Harry Mallinder continues his return at fullback, while Northampton also welcome back the likes of James Fish, Ben Franks and Reece Marshall from injury layoffs.

Youngsters Fraser Dingwall, Fraser Strachan, Josh Gillespie, Ryan Olowofela and Connor Tupai get an opportunity for some valuable minutes as they start the clash, while a second Rugby World Cup winner in Owen Franks also starts in the Wanderers’ front row.

Lewis Bean and Alex Coles are named together in the engine room, with a back row of Devante Onojaife, Ollie Newman and Mitch Eadie rounding off the line-up.

Premiership Rugby Shield, Round 4
Monday 30 December 2019
Sixways Stadium
Kick-off: 7.30pm

15 Harry Mallinder
14 Josh Gillespie
13 Fraser Dingwall
12 Fraser Strachan
11 Ryan Olowofela
10 James Grayson (c)
9 Connor Tupai

1 Ben Franks
2 James Fish
3 Owen Franks
4 Lewis Bean
5 Alex Coles
6 Devante Onojaife
7 Ollie Newman
8 Mitch Eadie

16 Reece Marshall
17 Toby Trinder
18 Karl Garside
19 Emmanuel Iyogun
20 Michael van Vuuren
21 Tui Uru
22 Fin Creighton*
23 Tommy Mathews

* Guest player

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