Northampton Saints make two changes for final home outing of the season

Northampton Saints make two changes for final home outing of the season

Northampton Saints Director of Rugby Chris Boyd has named his Northampton side to face Exeter Chiefs on Sunday, as Saints prepare to run out at Franklin's Gardens for the final time this term.

After claiming a gritty win over Wasps last weekend, Boyd’s charges head into Round 21 in fifth place in the Gallagher Premiership table, and will look to complete a season’s double over reigning champions Exeter Chiefs in front of a sold-out crowd of almost 4,000 supporters.


The Kiwi coach has made just two changes to his starting line-up – with centre Rory Hutchinson overcoming the calf strain that saw him withdraw last time out to start on Sunday, while prop Ehren Painter shifts into the starting XV from last weekend's bench.

Tommy Freeman, Ollie Sleightholme and Taqele Naiyaravoro form an unchanged back three for Saints, with Matt Proctor retaining his spot in the centres to partner the returning Hutchinson, while Tom James and Dan Biggar continue in the half-back berths for the second week running.

Club co-captain Alex Waller joins Sam Matavesi – who this week extended his stay in Northampton with a new contract – and Painter in the front row, while David Ribbans and Api Ratuniyarawa remain in an unchanged engine room behind them.


Courtney Lawes starts again at flanker and partners Saints’ co-captain Lewis Ludlam, while Tom Wood continues in the No. 8 shirt after his match-winning score last weekend.

Emmanuel Iyogun, Alex Moon and Alex Coles will all look to make an impact off Northampton’s bench, meanwhile Alex Mitchell returns to the side from injury for the first time since April to take his place amongst the replacements.


NORTHAMPTON SAINTS vs EXETER CHIEFS

Gallagher Premiership Rugby, Round 21

Sunday 6 June 2021

Franklin’s Gardens

Kick-off: 3pm

15 Tommy Freeman

14 Ollie Sleightholme

13 Matt Proctor

12 Rory Hutchinson

11 Taqele Naiyaravoro

10 Dan Biggar

9 Tom James

1 Alex Waller (co-capt)

2 Sam Matavesi

3 Ehren Painter

4 David Ribbans

5 Api Ratuniyarawa

6 Courtney Lawes

7 Lewis Ludlam (co-capt)

8 Tom Wood

Replacements:

16 Mike Haywood

17 Emmanuel Iyogun

18 Paul Hill

19 Alex Moon

20 Alex Coles

21 Alex Mitchell

22 James Grayson

23 Fraser Dingwall

Not available due to injury:

Owen Franks (foot), George Furbank (calf), Danny Hobbs-Awoyemi (achilles), Teimana Harrison (calf), and Nick Isiekwe (pectoral).

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