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At Franklin's Gardens, Saturday September 17, kick-off 3pm
Northampton boss Jim Mallinder has rejigged his side ahead of the Aviva Premiership clash with London Irish at Franklin's Gardens on Saturday.
Although the Saints beat Gloucester in their first match of the season, the trip to Harlequins a week later ended in a 26-13 defeat.
Mallinder has responded by shuffling his back division, with Jon Clarke moving from centre to full-back to replace Greg Tonks and Paul Diggin returning on the wing.
Tom May moves off the wing to take Clarke's place in the midfield, while Ryan Lamb replaces Stephen Myler at fly-half.
Brett Sharman and Tom Mercey come into the front row for Andy Long and Brian Mujati respectively, while the rest of the pack remains unchanged.
Mallinder says that the Saints need to reduce their error count if they are to bounce back with victory over the Exiles.
"We were not good enough at the Stoop and made far too many mistakes against what is a very good Harlequins outfit," he said.
"We will have to cut those out if we are to get a good result against a tough London Irish team tomorrow."
London Irish coach Toby Booth has made two changes to the starting XV that were edged out 30-29 by Sale last Friday.
Adam Thompstone will start on the wing after coming off the bench against the Sharks, while Ed Siggery is handed a full competitive debut at blindside flanker.
New signing Bryn Evans has been named as a replacement after arriving from New Zealand and academy prospect Anthony Watson is also included on the bench.
Booth said: "We have been competitive in the opening two games and there have been positives to come out of them; however, we want to be winning close encounters when they are there for the taking."
Northampton: 15 Jon Clarke, 14 Paul Diggin, 13 Tom May, 12 James Downey, 11 Noah Cato, 10 Ryan Lamb, 9 Martin Roberts, 8 Phil Dowson (c), 7 Ben Nutley, 6 Calum Clark, 5 Christian Day, 4 Samu Manoa, 3 Tom Mercey, 2 Brett Sharman, 1 Alex Waller.
Replacements: 16 Andy Long, 17 Paul Doran Jones, 18 Brian Mujati, 19 Mark Sorenson, 20 James Craig, 21 Stuart Commins, 22 Stephen Myler.
London Irish: 15 Tom Homer, 14 Topsy Ojo, 13 Jonathan Joseph, 12 Steve Shingler, 11 Adam Thompstone, 10 Dan Bowden, 9 Darren Allinson, 8. Chris Hala'ufia, 7 Alex Gray, 6 Ed Siggery, 5 Matt Garvey, 4 Nick Kennedy, 3 Leo Halavatau, 2 David Paice, 1 Clarke Dermody (c).
Replacements: 16 James Buckland, 17 Max Lahiff, 18 Mark George, 19 Bryn Evans, 20 Dave Sisi, 21 Guy Armitage, 22 Anthony Watson, 23 Paul Hodgson.
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|Sunday 11th January|
|London Irish 28 - 26 Exeter|
|Newcastle Falcons 38 - 7 London Welsh|
|Saturday 10th January|
|Harlequins 32 - 12 Leicester Tigers|
|Bath 39 - 26 Wasps|
|Sale Sharks 20 - 7 Northampton|
|Friday 9th January|
|Gloucester 24 - 23 Saracens|
|Sunday 4th January|
|London Welsh 13 - 24 Harlequins|
|Wasps 41 - 16 Sale Sharks|
|Leicester Tigers 17 - 8 Bath|
|Saturday 3rd January|
|Exeter 25 - 26 Gloucester|
|Saracens 22 - 6 London Irish|
|Friday 2nd January|
|Northampton 39 - 31 Newcastle Falcons|
|Sunday 28th December|
|Gloucester 23 - 30 Wasps|
|Saturday 27th December|
|Harlequins 25 - 30 Northampton|
|Newcastle Falcons 23 - 25 Saracens|
|Bath 31 - 14 Exeter|
|Sale Sharks 30 - 32 Leicester Tigers|
|Friday 26th December|
|London Irish 24 - 9 London Welsh|
|Sunday 21st December|
|Wasps 48 - 16 London Irish|
|Saturday 20th December|
|Gloucester 16 - 39 Bath|
|Northampton 23 - 19 Leicester Tigers|
|Saracens 78 - 7 London Welsh|
|Harlequins 15 - 7 Newcastle Falcons|
|Friday 19th December|
|Sale Sharks 18 - 11 Exeter|
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