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- Aviva Premiership
- 20th Apr 2013
- KO 17:45
- Ground: Franklin's Gardens
- Att: 13,493
Northampton Saints v Sale Sharks - Aviva Premiership match preview
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Northampton Saints have been forced into one change for Saturday's visit of Sale Sharks.
With George Pisi having been picked up an injury in the win over London Welsh last time out, Tom May comes into the centres.
May came off the bench to score two tries against the Exiles - and his place among the replacements is taken by James Wilson.
Northampton need a win to take a big step towards securing fourth place.
Sale will look to continue their fine end-of-season form when they travel to the Saints.
The Sharks have recorded wins over Bath and Gloucester and drawn with London Irish to ensure their Premiership survival.
Director of rugby Steve Diamond has made wholesale changes to his line-up with Mike Haley, Tom Brady, Charlie Amesbury and Danny Cipriani added to the back division - with Mark Cueto moving to outside centre and Jonny Leota swapping to the No 12 shirt.
Up front Ross Harrison, Tommy Taylor, Tom Holmes and Richie Vernon are all handed starts.
Northampton: 15 Ben Foden, 14 Ken Pisi, 13 Tom May, 12 Luther Burrell, 11 Jamie Elliott, 10 Stephen Myler, 9 Lee Dickson, 1 Soane Tonga'uhia, 2 Dylan Hartley (capt), 3 Brian Mujati, 4 Courtney Lawes, 5 Christian Day, 6 Tom Wood, 7 Phil Dowson, 8 GJ Van Velze.
Replacements: 16 Mike Haywood, 17 Alex Waller, 18 Paul Doran Jones, 19 Samu Manoa, 20 Calum Clark, 21 Martin Roberts, 22 Ryan Lamb, 23 James Wilson.
Sale Sharks: 15 Mike Haley, 14 Tom Brady, 13 Mark Cueto, 12 Jonny Leota, 11 Charlie Amesbury, 10 Danny Cipriani, 9 Dwayne Peel, 1 Ross Harrison, 2 Tommy Taylor, 3 Henry Thomas, 4 Kearnan Myall, 5 Tom Holmes, 6 Richie Vernon, 7 David Seymour (capt), 8 James Gaskell.
Replacements: 16 Marc Jones, 17 James Flynn, 18 Aston Croall, 19 Josh Beaumont, 20 James Doyle, 21 Nathan Fowles, 22 Sam James, 23 Charlie Ingall.
What they said...
Outgoing Northampton prop Brian Mujati
"It's going to be special for me. I've been here for a while and played a fair few games for the side. Hopefully it won't be too emotional for me!
"The Gardens is a special place. The people have been very kind and welcoming to me and it's been a special time in my career.
"I'm not looking too far ahead though. We've got a big game this weekend against a team who had a good win last time out and are going to be coming here feeling confident."
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|19:45||Bath vs Sale Sharks|
|Saturday 7th March|
|15:00||Exeter vs London Welsh|
|15:00||Harlequins vs London Irish|
|15:15||Gloucester vs Northampton|
|Sunday 8th March|
|14:00||Wasps vs Saracens|
|15:00||Newcastle Falcons vs Leicester Tigers|
|Friday 27th March|
|19:45||Northampton vs Wasps|
|Saturday 28th March|
|15:00||London Irish vs Newcastle|
|15:00||Leicester vs Exeter|
|15:15||Saracens vs Harlequins|
|Sunday 29th March|
|14:00||Sale vs Gloucester|
|14:30||London Welsh vs Bath|
|Friday 10th April|
|19:45||Newcastle vs Bath|
|Saturday 11th April|
|15:00||Harlequins vs Gloucester|
|15:15||Saracens vs Leicester|
|Sunday 12th April|
|14:00||Exeter vs Northampton|
|14:30||London Welsh vs Wasps|
|15:00||London Irish vs Sale|
|Saturday 25th April|
|14:00||Sale vs Harlequins|
|15:00||Gloucester vs Newcastle|
|15:00||Bath vs London Irish|
|15:00||Northampton vs Saracens|
|15:00||Leicester vs London Welsh|
|Sunday 26th April|
|14:00||Wasps vs Exeter|
|Saturday 9th May|
|14:00||Sale vs Newcastle|
|Sunday 1st March|
|Wasps 32 - 21 Gloucester|
|Saturday 28th February|
|Exeter 16 - 6 Bath|
|Saracens 22 - 17 Newcastle Falcons|
|Leicester Tigers 28 - 8 Sale Sharks|
|London Welsh 12 - 50 London Irish|
|Friday 27th February|
|Northampton 17 - 13 Harlequins|
|Sunday 22nd February|
|London Irish 6 - 12 Leicester Tigers|
|Saturday 21st February|
|Bath 13 - 21 Northampton|
|Harlequins 21 - 32 Exeter|
|Gloucester 48 - 10 London Welsh|
|Sale Sharks 14 - 10 Saracens|
|Friday 20th February|
|Newcastle 23 - 23 Wasps|
|Sunday 15th February|
|Wasps 37 - 6 Harlequins|
|London Welsh 12 - 52 Sale|
|Saracens 34 - 24 Bath|
|Saturday 14th February|
|Exeter 46 - 17 Newcastle|
|Friday 13th February|
|Leicester 18 - 15 Gloucester|
|Northampton 15 - 9 London Irish|
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