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Saints make seven changes for home showdown against Stade Rochelais

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Fraser Dingwall, Courtnall Skosan, Callum Braley and Aaron Hinkley are among seven changes to Northampton Saints’ starting line-up this weekend ahead of the visit of Stade Rochelais in the Heineken Champions Cup.The men in Black, Green and Gold will welcome the reigning European champions to cinch Stadium at Franklin’s Gardens on Saturday (kick-off: 1pm) looking to secure qualification for the knock-out rounds of the EPCR Challenge Cup.Saints were beaten in La Rochelle in December in the first ever meeting between the sides, but have won seven of their last eight fixtures on home soil in all competitions, and will look to end their Champions Cup campaign on a high note.Director of Rugby Phil Dowson makes three changes to Northampton’s back-line with Dingwall stepping into the centres alongside Rory Hutchinson, and scrum-half Callum Braley partnering Fin Smith in the half-back berths – after the 20-year-old No.10 was called into the England squad for the first time earlier this week.England internationals George Furbank and Tommy Freeman keep their places at fullback and wing respectively, but Skosan starts on the other wing to round off the back three.A new-look front row will pack down for Northampton, with props Ethan Waller and Ehren Painter either side of hooker Robbie Smith.After starting Saints’ last three matches at flanker, Australia international Lukhan Salakaia-Loto shifts into the engine room to join David Ribbans.Meanwhile Aaron Hinkley earns his first start since early December at openside, and lines up in the back row alongside Courtney Lawes and No.8 Lewis Ludlam.Amongst the replacements for Saints, loosehead prop Danny Hobbs-Awoyemi is set for his second appearance of the season if he enters the action, while wing Ollie Sleightholme also makes his return from injury and will hope to make an impact from the bench.NORTHAMPTON SAINTS vs STADE ROCHELAISHeineken Champions Cup, Pool B, Round 4Saturday 21 January 2023cinch Stadium at Franklin’s GardensKick-off: 1pm15 George Furbank14 Tommy Freeman13 Fraser Dingwall12 Rory Hutchinson11 Courtnall Skosan10 Fin Smith9 Callum Braley1 Ethan Waller2 Robbie Smith3 Ehren Painter4 Lukhan Salakaia-Loto5 David Ribbans6 Courtney Lawes7 Aaron Hinkley8 Lewis Ludlam (c)Replacements:16 Mike Haywood17 Danny Hobbs-Awoyemi18 Alfie Petch19 Alex Coles20 Angus Scott-Young21 Tom James22 Ollie Sleightholme23 James RammNot considered for selection:Juarno Augustus, James Fish, James Grayson, Emmanuel Iyogun, Joel Matavesi and Sam Matavesi.STADE ROCHELAIS TEAM TO FACE SAINTS:15 Brice Dulin, 14 Dillyn Leyds, 13 UJ Seuteni, 12 Jules Favre, 11 Raymond Rhule, 10 Antoine Hastoy, 9 Tawera Kerr Barlow; 1 Reda Wardi, 2 Samuel Lagrange, 3 Uini Atonio, 4 Romain Sazy, 5 Rémi Picquette, 6 Levani Botia, 7 Remi Bourdeau, 8 Grégory Alldritt (c)Replacements: 16 Quentin Lespiaucq Brettes, 17 Joel Sclavi, 18 Georges Henri Colombe, 19 Thomas Lavault, 20 Ultan Dillane, 21 Paul Boudehent, 22 Thomas Berjon, 23 Teddy ThomasReferee: Andrea Piardi (ITA)Assistant referees: Eoghan Cross and Dan Carson (IRE)No.4: Ryan Collier (ENG)TMO: Joy Neville (IRE)

Fraser Dingwall, Courtnall Skosan, Callum Braley and Aaron Hinkley are among seven changes to Northampton Saints’ starting line-up this weekend ahead of the visit of Stade Rochelais in the Heineken Champions Cup.

The men in Black, Green and Gold will welcome the reigning European champions to cinch Stadium at Franklin’s Gardens on Saturday (kick-off: 1pm) looking to secure qualification for the knock-out rounds of the EPCR Challenge Cup.

Saints were beaten in La Rochelle in December in the first ever meeting between the sides, but have won seven of their last eight fixtures on home soil in all competitions, and will look to end their Champions Cup campaign on a high note.

Director of Rugby Phil Dowson makes three changes to Northampton’s back-line with Dingwall stepping into the centres alongside Rory Hutchinson, and scrum-half Callum Braley partnering Fin Smith in the half-back berths – after the 20-year-old No.10 was called into the England squad for the first time earlier this week.

England internationals George Furbank and Tommy Freeman keep their places at fullback and wing respectively, but Skosan starts on the other wing to round off the back three.

A new-look front row will pack down for Northampton, with props Ethan Waller and Ehren Painter either side of hooker Robbie Smith.

After starting Saints’ last three matches at flanker, Australia international Lukhan Salakaia-Loto shifts into the engine room to join David Ribbans.

Meanwhile Aaron Hinkley earns his first start since early December at openside, and lines up in the back row alongside Courtney Lawes and No.8 Lewis Ludlam.

Amongst the replacements for Saints, loosehead prop Danny Hobbs-Awoyemi is set for his second appearance of the season if he enters the action, while wing Ollie Sleightholme also makes his return from injury and will hope to make an impact from the bench.

NORTHAMPTON SAINTS vs STADE ROCHELAIS
Heineken Champions Cup, Pool B, Round 4
Saturday 21 January 2023
cinch Stadium at Franklin’s Gardens
Kick-off: 1pm

15 George Furbank
14 Tommy Freeman
13 Fraser Dingwall
12 Rory Hutchinson
11 Courtnall Skosan
10 Fin Smith
9 Callum Braley

1 Ethan Waller
2 Robbie Smith
3 Ehren Painter
4 Lukhan Salakaia-Loto
5 David Ribbans
6 Courtney Lawes
7 Aaron Hinkley
8 Lewis Ludlam (c)

Replacements:
16 Mike Haywood
17 Danny Hobbs-Awoyemi
18 Alfie Petch
19 Alex Coles
20 Angus Scott-Young
21 Tom James
22 Ollie Sleightholme
23 James Ramm

Not considered for selection:
Juarno Augustus, James Fish, James Grayson, Emmanuel Iyogun, Joel Matavesi and Sam Matavesi.

STADE ROCHELAIS TEAM TO FACE SAINTS:
15 Brice Dulin, 14 Dillyn Leyds, 13 UJ Seuteni, 12 Jules Favre, 11 Raymond Rhule, 10 Antoine Hastoy, 9 Tawera Kerr Barlow; 1 Reda Wardi, 2 Samuel Lagrange, 3 Uini Atonio, 4 Romain Sazy, 5 Rémi Picquette, 6 Levani Botia, 7 Remi Bourdeau, 8 Grégory Alldritt (c)
Replacements: 16 Quentin Lespiaucq Brettes, 17 Joel Sclavi, 18 Georges Henri Colombe, 19 Thomas Lavault, 20 Ultan Dillane, 21 Paul Boudehent, 22 Thomas Berjon, 23 Teddy Thomas

Referee: Andrea Piardi (ITA)
Assistant referees: Eoghan Cross and Dan Carson (IRE)
No.4: Ryan Collier (ENG)
TMO: Joy Neville (IRE)

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Irish name side for west London derby

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Declan Kidney has confirmed the squad for Sunday’s derby clash with Harlequins at the Gtech Community Stadium in Round 16 of the Gallagher Premiership (3pm kick-off).

Will Goodrick-Clarke, Agustin Creevy and Oliver Hoskins are in the front row, with Rob Simmons and Adam Coleman in the second row.

Matt Rogerson captains the side from the six jersey and is joined in the back row by Tom Pearson and Chandler Cunningham-South.

Ben White and Paddy Jackson link up to form the halfback duo, and Rory Jennings partners Benhard van Rensburg in the centres.

Michael Dykes, Lucio Cinti and James Stokes complete the line-up as the back three.

“Whenever these two clubs pitch up against one another, it always creates a good game of rugby,” said Declan Kidney, Director of Rugby.

“I know that we are expecting a good crowd at the Gtech Community Stadium on Sunday, and they will inevitably create a great atmosphere.

“We need to make sure that we put in a full 80-minute performance to give our supporters a reason to show their voice. Harlequins are a well-drilled side, and we know it will be a difficult challenge this weekend, but one we look forward to.”

London Irish:
15 James Stokes, 14 Lucio Cinti, 13 Benhard van Rensburg, 12 Rory Jennings, 11 Michael Dykes, 10 Paddy Jackson, 9 Ben White, 1 Will Goodrick-Clarke, 2 Agustin Creevy, 3 Oliver Hoskins, 4 Rob Simmons, 5 Adam Coleman, 6 Matt Rogerson (c), 7 Tom Pearson, 8 Chandler Cunningham-South.

Replacements:
16 Mike Willemse, 17 Danilo Fischetti, 18 Ciaran Parker, 19 Api Ratuniyarawa, 20 Juan Martin Gonzalez, 21 Joe Powell, 22 Luca Morisi, 23 Henry Arundell.

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Baxter issues Moon injury update

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By Mark Stevens
26/1/23

Rob Baxter says he cannot give a timescale as to when prop Ben Moon will return to the Exeter Chiefs match-day squad.

The 33-year-old forward is currently Exeter’s longest-serving player, having made his debut in 2008 away to Sedgley Park, and is the last remaining member of their 2009-10 promotion squad.

The England international, however, has not featured for the Devon club since coming off the bench against Munster in last April’s Heineken Champions Cup clash at Sandy Park.

Asked by the media this week about Moon, the Chiefs’ Director of Rugby said: “I wouldn’t hold out hope that he’s going to be appearing soon. It’s been a challenge for Ben for a little period of time now, it’s not just been this season.

“He’s had periods in and out with it, it’s something that’s been affecting him for a little while and because of what it is we just have to be very careful with it.”

Moon has featured in all six of Exeter’s Premiership final appearances at Twickenham – and he also played in the 2020 European Champions Cup final win over Racing 92, and Exeter’s first major final when they beat Northampton Saints to win the 2014 LV Cup.

Moon won eight England caps in the 2018-19 season, but did not make the squad for that autumn’s World Cup in Japan.

“He’s still active around the club, he’s still here, he’s in training, he’s continuing very hard with his rehab and getting everything else he can right, but we’ve just got to be really careful around that neck.

“It’s probably one of those things where it’s getting to the stage where there’s not a lot more we can do. I can’t talk for Ben about his future, but you’re not going to see him in the immediate future on the pitch.”

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TEAM NEWS – Sale Sharks v Bath Rugby

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South African talisman Rob du Preez is set to make his 100th Sharks appearance whilst Alex Groves is in line for his Gallagher Premiership debut as Alex Sanderson names his side to face Bath Rugby at the AJ Bell Stadium tomorrow night. (Kick-off 7:45pm – Live on BT Sport) 

Sanderson makes seven changes to the Sale starting line-up as his squad returns to Gallagher Premiership action following defeat at the hands of Ulster in the Champions Cup. 

In the forwards, there is a complete change of the Sharks front-row as Simon McIntyre, Tommy Taylor and Nick Schonert all return to face Bath.  

Cobus Wiese links back up with Josh Beaumont in the second row following a one-match suspension for a dangerous tackle in the Sharks’ clash with Toulouse two weeks ago. 

Jono Ross captains the side in the absence of Ben Curry, whilst Sam Dugdale steps in to replace the flanker after his England call up to Steve Borthwick’s England squad. Jean-Luc du Preez retains the number 8 shirt with twin-brother Dan remaining on the side lines due to an ongoing hand injury. 

Gus Warr continues to provide a platform for success at scrum-half and links up with centurion Rob du Preez, who is named at fly-half. 

The ever-present Sam James retains the thirteen shirt with Ryan Mills picked at inside centre in the absence of Manu Tuilagi. The former Wasps centre is one of two changes in the Sharks’ back line. 

Sanderson’s second change in the backs comes in the form of Tom Roebuck, who replaces Arron Reed on the wing after an impressive cameo in the Champions Cup. Tom O’Flaherty is named on the other wing, with exciting academy graduate Joe Carpenter at full-back. 

On the bench, Ewan Ashman, Ross Harrison and Joe Jones are named as front-row replacements, with Alex Groves and Rouban Birch providing further cover for the forwards. Raffi Quirke, Luke James and Arron Reed cover the backs. 

Sale Sharks Starting XV: 

15. Joe Carpenter, 14. Tom Roebuck, 13. Sam James, 12. Ryan Mills, 11. Tom O’Flaherty, 10. Robert du Preez, 9. Gus Warr; 1. Simon McIntyre, 2. Tommy Taylor, 3. Nick Schonert, 4. Cobus Wiese, 5. Josh Beaumont, 6. Jono Ross (c), 7. Sam Dugdale, 8. Jean-Luc du Preez 

Replacements: 

16. Ewan Ashman, 17. Ross Harrison, 18. Joe Jones, 19. Alex Groves, 20. Rouban Birch, 21. Raffi Quirke, 22. Luke James, 23. Arron Reed 

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