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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 5th September|
|19:45||Northampton vs Gloucester|
|Saturday 6th September|
|14:00||Sale vs Bath|
|14:00||Saracens vs Wasps|
|15:00||Leicester vs Newcastle|
|16:30||London Irish vs Harlequins|
|Sunday 7th September|
|14:00||London Welsh vs Exeter|
|Friday 12th September|
|19:45||Harlequins vs Saracens|
|Saturday 13th September|
|15:00||Gloucester vs Sale|
|15:00||Bath vs London Welsh|
|15:15||Exeter vs Leicester|
|Sunday 14th September|
|14:00||Wasps vs Northampton|
|15:00||Newcastle vs London Irish|
|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|
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