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Saints name team for top-of-the-table clash

Saints name team for top-of-the-table clash

Northampton Saints have named the team for tomorrow night’s sold out Aviva Premiership Rugby Round 9 clash against London Irish.

The two teams are dominating the Aviva Premiership Rugby league table and scoring charts as the competition edges ever closer to the half-way stage, and unsurprisingly Friday’s game has seen Franklin’s Gardens be declared ‘full’ days in advance.

Director of rugby Jim Mallinder says that it is a big game for the club and that London Irish should be treated with plenty of respect.

“Top-of-the-table clashes are always big games, but these are the games that we want to be involved in as they show we are heading in the right direction,” he said. “It will be a challenging evening for us. London Irish have been playing some good rugby this season and deserve their position at the top end of the league table.

“Their forwards and midfielders have been carrying the ball powerfully and their strike runners out wide have been scoring plenty of tries. We will certainly have to be focused right from the first whistle if we want a positive result.”

Mallinder also thanked the fans for filling Franklin’s Gardens in advance.

“The fans have really made their presence felt this season for the big matches, and it matters a lot to the players and coaches that the stadium is already sold out,” he added.

If you haven’t got your ticket for Friday night’s game you can still follow the action in a number of ways. The Saints’ official Facebook page will continue with exclusive match blogs, score updates will be posted every 10 minutes on www.twitter.com/SaintsRugby – which supporters can also access from their mobile phone – while Sky Sports 3 will have coverage from 7:30pm.

You can watch Roger Wilson’s match preview right now on www.PremiershipRugby.tv

NORTHAMPTON SAINTS TEAM TO PLAY LONDON IRISH
Aviva Premiership Rugby Round 9
Franklin’s Gardens
Friday, November 26th, 2010
Kick off 7:45pm
15 Greig Tonks
14 Jamie Elliott
13 Jon Clarke
12 James Downey
11 Paul Diggin
10 Stephen Myler
9 Ryan Powell
1 Soane Tonga’uiha
2 Brett Sharman
3 Brian Mujati
4 Mark Sorenson
5 Christian Day
6 Phil Dowson (capt)
7 Tom Wood
8 Roger Wilson

Replacements
16 Andy Long
17 Regardt Dreyer
18 Tom Mercey
19 Calum Clark
20 Mark Easter
21 Stuart Commins
22 Shane Geraghty
23 Bruce Reihana
 

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