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Saints vs London Irish: Match rearranged

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Northampton Saints’ home Gallagher Premiership match against London Irish has been rescheduled for 2pm on Saturday 17 September.The Round Two clash, which was initially scheduled for 7.45pm on Friday 16 September at cinch Stadium at Franklin’s Gardens, has been moved back one day following confirmation that this weekend’s league match against Sale Sharks has been rearranged to 3pm on Sunday 11 September.This is to avoid a short turnaround between the two matches for the men in Black, Green and Gold – the Club would like to thank London Irish and Premiership Rugby for their swift co-operation.The 2pm kick-off time avoids a direct clash with Northampton Town FC, who also play a home fixture on Saturday 17 September at Sixfields.Premiership Rugby has indicated that as a result of the rearrangement, Saints vs Irish will no longer be broadcast live on BT Sport.Important Ticketing & Hospitality InformationSeason Ticket Holders and Seasonal Hospitality guests will be able to attend the rescheduled match as part of their package.All match ticket purchasers will have their tickets automatically transferred over to the new date and reissued on Wednesday 14 September. If you purchased a match ticket, and are not able to attend the match on the new date, the Club will apply a credit to your ticketing account which will be valid to use on any other Northampton Saints match during the 2022/23 season.If you would prefer to claim a ticket credit, or for any other ticketing enquiries relating to this match, please contact the Club’s Ticket Office ([email protected]) before the deadline of 5pm on Tuesday 13 September.Our team will contact all guests who have purchased hospitality specifically for the Saints vs Irish match early next week. If you would like purchase hospitality for the new date, please contact [email protected].

Northampton Saints’ home Gallagher Premiership match against London Irish has been rescheduled for 2pm on Saturday 17 September.

The Round Two clash, which was initially scheduled for 7.45pm on Friday 16 September at cinch Stadium at Franklin’s Gardens, has been moved back one day following confirmation that this weekend’s league match against Sale Sharks has been rearranged to 3pm on Sunday 11 September.

This is to avoid a short turnaround between the two matches for the men in Black, Green and Gold – the Club would like to thank London Irish and Premiership Rugby for their swift co-operation.

The 2pm kick-off time avoids a direct clash with Northampton Town FC, who also play a home fixture on Saturday 17 September at Sixfields.

Premiership Rugby has indicated that as a result of the rearrangement, Saints vs Irish will no longer be broadcast live on BT Sport.

Important Ticketing & Hospitality Information

Season Ticket Holders and Seasonal Hospitality guests will be able to attend the rescheduled match as part of their package.

All match ticket purchasers will have their tickets automatically transferred over to the new date and reissued on Wednesday 14 September. If you purchased a match ticket, and are not able to attend the match on the new date, the Club will apply a credit to your ticketing account which will be valid to use on any other Northampton Saints match during the 2022/23 season.

If you would prefer to claim a ticket credit, or for any other ticketing enquiries relating to this match, please contact the Club’s Ticket Office ([email protected]) before the deadline of 5pm on Tuesday 13 September.

Our team will contact all guests who have purchased hospitality specifically for the Saints vs Irish match early next week. If you would like purchase hospitality for the new date, please contact [email protected].

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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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