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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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|Friday 19th September|
|19:45||Gloucester vs Exeter|
|Saturday 20th September|
|14:00||Sale vs London Welsh|
|15:00||Harlequins vs Wasps|
|15:00||London Irish vs Saracens|
|15:15||Bath vs Leicester|
|Sunday 21st September|
|14:00||Newcastle vs Northampton|
|Friday 26th September|
|19:45||London Welsh vs Gloucester|
|Saturday 27th September|
|15:00||Leicester vs London Irish|
|15:00||Saracens vs Sale|
|15:15||Northampton vs Bath|
|Sunday 28th September|
|14:00||Wasps vs Newcastle|
|14:00||Exeter vs Harlequins|
|Friday 3rd October|
|19:45||Bath vs Saracens|
|Saturday 4th October|
|15:00||Harlequins vs London Welsh|
|15:00||London Irish vs Northampton|
|15:15||Gloucester vs Leicester|
|Sunday 5th October|
|14:00||Sale vs Wasps|
|15:00||Newcastle vs Exeter|
|Friday 10th October|
|19:45||Leicester vs Harlequins|
|Saturday 11th October|
|14:30||London Welsh vs Newcastle|
|15:00||Saracens vs Gloucester|
|15:00||Exeter vs London Irish|
|15:15||Northampton vs Sale|
|Sunday 12th October|
|14:00||Wasps vs Bath|
|Saturday 15th November|
|14:00||Sale vs London Irish|
|Sunday 14th September|
|Newcastle 18 - 20 London Irish|
|Wasps 20 - 16 Northampton|
|Saturday 13th September|
|Exeter 20 - 24 Leicester|
|Gloucester 34 - 27 Sale Sharks|
|Bath 53 - 26 London Welsh|
|Friday 12th September|
|Harlequins 0 - 39 Saracens|
|Sunday 7th September|
|London Welsh 0 - 52 Exeter|
|Saturday 6th September|
|London Irish 15 - 20 Harlequins|
|Leicester 36 - 17 Newcastle|
|Sale Sharks 20 - 29 Bath|
|Saracens 34 - 28 Wasps|
|Friday 5th September|
|Northampton 53 - 6 Gloucester|
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