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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 26th September
Aviva Premiership
19:45London Welsh vs Gloucester
Saturday 27th September
15:00Leicester vs London Irish
15:00Saracens vs Sale
15:15Northampton vs Bath
Sunday 28th September
14:00Wasps vs Newcastle
14:00Exeter vs Harlequins
Friday 3rd October
19:45Bath vs Saracens
Saturday 4th October
15:00Harlequins vs London Welsh
15:00London Irish vs Northampton
15:15Gloucester vs Leicester
Sunday 5th October
14:00Sale vs Wasps
15:00Newcastle vs Exeter
Friday 10th October
19:45Leicester vs Harlequins
Saturday 11th October
14:30London Welsh vs Newcastle
15:00Saracens vs Gloucester
15:00Exeter vs London Irish
15:15Northampton vs Sale
Sunday 12th October
14:00Wasps vs Bath
Saturday 15th November
14:00Sale vs London Irish
15:00Gloucester vs Harlequins
15:00Leicester vs Saracens
15:00Northampton vs Exeter
15:00Bath vs Newcastle
Sunday 16th November
14:00Wasps vs London Welsh
Friday 21st November
20:00Newcastle vs Gloucester

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