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  • Penalty goals: Hook, Laidlaw,
  • Aviva Premiership
  • 5th Sep 2014
  • KO 19:45
  • Ground: Franklin's Gardens
  • Att: 13,374

Aviva Premiership: Northampton kick-off new season against Gloucester

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Champions Northampton Saints will get the defence of their Aviva Premiership title underway when they entertain Gloucester at Franklin's Gardens on Friday.

Having kept their summer recruitment to an absolute minimum, there is a familiar look to Saints line-up.

England internationals Tom Wood, Luther Burrell, Dylan Hartley, Alex Corbisiero, Lee Dickson and Stephen Myler all start in a star-studded line-up along with Wales winger George North as Northampton look to get their season off to a flying start.

There is a place on the bench for former London Irish back row Jon Fisher, who signed after impressing on trial in the summer.

After a busy summer on and off the field, five players will make their debuts for Gloucester under new director of rugby David Humphreys.

Richard Hibbard, John Afoa, Jacob Rowan, Greig Laidlaw and James Hook will all start for the first time, while fellow new boys Tom Palmer, Mark Atkinson and Steve McColl are included on the bench.

With Freddie Burns, Jimmy Cowan and Tavis Knoyle all having left, Laidlaw and Hook will form a new-look half-back combination.

Gloucester are without injured trio Gareth Evans, Matt Kvesic and Nick Wood for the opener.

Northampton: 15 James Wilson, 14 Ken Pisi, 13 George Pisi, 12 Luther Burrell, 11 George North, 10 Stephen Myler, 9 Lee Dickson, 1 Alex Corbisiero, 2 Dylan Hartley (c), 3 Salesi Ma'afu, 4 Courtney Lawes, 5 Christian Day, 6 Calum Clark, 7 Tom Wood, 8 Samu Manoa.
Replacements: 16 Ross McMillan, 17 Alex Waller, 18 Gareth Denman, 19 James Craig, 20 Jon Fisher, 21 Kahn Fotuali'i, 22 Will Hooley, 23 Ben Foden

Gloucester: 15 Rob Cook, 14 Charlie Sharples, 13 Henry Trinder, 12 Billy Twelvetrees (c), 11 Jonny May, 10 James Hook, 9 Greig Laidlaw, 1 Dan Murphy, 2 Richard Hibbard, 3 John Afoa, 4 Tom Savage, 5 James Hudson, 6 Sione Kalamafoni, 7 Jacob Rowan, 8 Ben Morgan.
Replacements: 16 Darren Dawidiuk, 17 Yann Thomas, 18 Sila Puafisi, 19 Tom Palmer, 20 Ross Moriarty, 21 Dan Robson, 22 Mark Atkinson, 23 Steve McColl

Forthcoming Aviva Premiership Fixtures
TimeFixture
Aviva Premiership
Friday 26th December
Aviva Premiership
15:00London Irish vs London Welsh
Saturday 27th December
14:00Bath vs Exeter
14:00Sale Sharks vs Leicester Tigers
15:00Newcastle Falcons vs Saracens
16:30Harlequins vs Northampton
Sunday 28th December
14:30Gloucester vs Wasps
Friday 2nd January
19:45Northampton vs Newcastle Falcons
Saturday 3rd January
14:00Saracens vs London Irish
16:30Exeter vs Gloucester
Sunday 4th January
14:00Wasps vs Sale
14:00Leicester Tigers vs Bath
14:30London Welsh vs Harlequins
Friday 9th January
19:45Gloucester vs Saracens
Saturday 10th January
14:00Sale vs Northampton
15:00Bath vs Wasps
15:15Harlequins vs Leicester Tigers
Sunday 11th January
14:00Newcastle Falcons vs London Welsh
15:00London Irish vs Exeter
Saturday 14th February
15:00Leicester vs Gloucester
15:00Northampton vs London Irish
15:00Exeter vs Newcastle
Sunday 15th February
14:00Wasps vs Harlequins
14:30London Welsh vs Sale
15:00Saracens vs Bath
Friday 20th February
20:00Newcastle vs Wasps

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