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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 14th November
Aviva Premiership
19:45Gloucester vs Harlequins
19:45Northampton vs Exeter
Saturday 15th November
14:00Sale vs London Irish
17:00Bath vs Newcastle
Sunday 16th November
13:00Leicester vs Saracens
15:15Wasps vs London Welsh
Friday 21st November
19:45Harlequins vs Sale
20:00Newcastle vs Gloucester
Saturday 22nd November
15:00London Irish vs Bath
15:00Exeter vs Wasps
Sunday 23rd November
13:00Saracens vs Northampton
15:15London Welsh vs Leicester
Friday 28th November
19:45Bath vs Harlequins
Saturday 29th November
15:00Leicester vs Wasps
16:30Exeter vs Saracens
Sunday 30th November
13:00London Irish vs Gloucester
14:30London Welsh vs Northampton
15:15Newcastle vs Sale
Saturday 20th December
14:00Sale vs Exeter
15:00Gloucester vs Bath
15:00Northampton vs Leicester
15:00Saracens vs London Welsh
15:00Harlequins vs Newcastle
Sunday 21st December
14:00Wasps vs London Irish
Friday 26th December
15:00London Irish vs London Welsh

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