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Injured Titans make wholesale changes

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The Titans have yet to win this season and now host a formidable Saints side, who are flying high having knocked over champions London Wasps last week.

Veteran Simon Bunting replaces Christian Loader at tighthead prop in an attempt to stabilise a scrum that has failed to imposes itself thus far.

England 'A' man Phil Jones, who had a good a game during the Titans' 23-13 loss to Leeds Tykes last week, is moved from fly-half to inside centre to make room for Jason Strange, who was rested for that game.

Jones replace Peter Jorgensen who has been unable to train for most of the week and teams up with Jon Pritchard, who replaces injured Joe Ewens.

Leon Greeff moves to lock from the back row to replace World Cup-bound US Eagle Luke Gross and Craig Short slots into the vacated blindside berth for his first start of the season.

Lock Glen Kenworthy has failed to recover from a bruised chest and is again replaced by Dan Cook, whilst Neil Spence is again preferred to Russell Earnshaw at openside.

"This will be our toughest challenge so far for the team," said head coach Mike Schmid.

"The likes of Reihana, Blowers and Drahm all being big Northampton match-winners, and are surrounded by quality players.

"We have to improve our finishing to get anything out of the match – and compete for everything in all areas of the pitch. We feel that we have the players who can do that."

Rotherham Titans: 15 Jon Benson, 14 Anthony Elliott, 13 Jon Pritchard, 12 Phil Jones, 11 Michael Wood, 10 Jason Strange, 9 Jacob Rauluni, 8 Geraint Lewis, 7 Neil Spence, 6 Craig Short, 5 Leon Greeff, 4 Dan Cook, 3 Simon Bunting, 2 Chris Johnson (captain), 1 Nick Lloyd.Replacements: 16 Peter Smyth, 17 Chris Loader, 18 Glen Remnant, 19 Russell Earnshaw, 20 Charlie Harrison, 21 Peter Jorgensen, 22 Matt Oliver.

Kick-off: 15.00 BST (14.00 GMT)

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