NEWS: Teams Up - Dragons vs Saints


By Saint Ted
August 16 2018

Northampton Saints have named a 33-man squad for their penultimate preseason fixture in Wales as they head to Rodney Parade to face Dragons. 

Ten players will make their first starts of the season on Friday (kick-off 7.30pm), as new director of rugby Chris Boyd shakes things up from last weekend’s win over Ospreys, with new signings James Haskell and Dan Biggar making their first starts in Black, Green and Gold.

Courtney Lawes returns from injury looking to make an impact off the bench in Newport, with Mikey Haywood also making his return to the squad at starting hooker.

Tom Collins, Fraser Dingwall and Piers Francis start in the backs alongside last weekend’s starting wingers Ollie Sleightholme and Ken Pisi, with Biggar teaming up with Cobus Reinach in the half-backs.

And with Haywood returning to hooker, Francois van Wyk retains his starting spot at loosehead with Ehren Painter packing down for his first start of the season from tighthead; while in the second row, Api Ratuniyarawa links up with James Craig.

Haskell – who made his first appearance in a Saints shirt last weekend – Lewis Ludlam and Teimana Harrison make up the back row.  

Northampton Saints play their first home preseason fixture against Glasgow Warriors at Franklin’s Gardens on Friday 24 August, before kicking off their Premiership campaign against Gloucester Rugby at Kingsholm on Saturday 1 September.   

DRAGONS v NORTHAMPTON
Preseason Friendly
Friday 17 August, 2018
Kick-off: 7.30pm


15 Tom Collins
14 Ollie Sleightholme
13 Fraser Dingwall
12 Piers Francis (capt)
11 Ken Pisi
10 Dan Biggar
9 Cobus Reinach

1 Francois van Wyk
2 Mikey Haywood
3 Ehren Painter
4 Api Ratuniyarawa
5 James Craig
6 James Haskell
7 Lewis Ludlam
8 Teimana Harrison

Replacements:
Alex Waller, Will Davis, James Fish, Joe Gray, Ben Franks, Courtney Lawes, David Ribbans, Jamie Gibson, Heinrich Brüssow, Mitch Eadie, Alex Mitchell, James Grayson, Nafi Tuitavake, Rory Hutchinson, Matt Worley, Tom Emery

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NEWS: Teams Up - Dragons vs Saints
Posted by: Marching On (IP Logged)
Date: 16/08/2018 11:17

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Francis is skipper on Friday
Posted by: lilyg (IP Logged)
Date: 16/08/2018 11:10


Re: Francis is skipper on Friday
Posted by: St Saltaire (IP Logged)
Date: 16/08/2018 11:17

Good to see the whole squad being involved preseason. Letís hope that continues throughout the season with everyone being given a fair chance and selection based on form rather than reputation.

Re: NEWS: Teams Up - Dragons vs Saints
Posted by: white lion (IP Logged)
Date: 16/08/2018 11:41

But still no Mallinder.

Re: NEWS: Teams Up - Dragons vs Saints
Posted by: Saint Ted (IP Logged)
Date: 16/08/2018 11:46

Malinder still not fit, aiming for start of September

Re: NEWS: Teams Up - Dragons vs Saints
Posted by: St Jerome (IP Logged)
Date: 16/08/2018 12:29

What is interesting is how the team is setup ... back row in squads and centres with a inside 5/8s long may this continue.

St Jerome

A Supporter not a Moaner - according to the OSB definition!



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Re: NEWS: Teams Up - Dragons vs Saints
Posted by: alwayshopeful (IP Logged)
Date: 16/08/2018 12:41

When, do we think, the "probables" will be fielded as selections start to firm up? I would guess that you'd want your starting 15 for the season to get a run out together at some point before the first game?

Re: NEWS: Teams Up - Dragons vs Saints
Posted by: Scrummy (IP Logged)
Date: 16/08/2018 13:02

It will be interesting to see how Collins goes at fullback. Ludlam at 7, good. Teimana at 8 again, hmm. Good to see Painter starting.

Re: NEWS: Teams Up - Dragons vs Saints
Posted by: Dave Jackson (IP Logged)
Date: 16/08/2018 13:04

Wot no Digger*

Re: NEWS: Teams Up - Dragons vs Saints
Posted by: fair_weather_fan (IP Logged)
Date: 16/08/2018 13:39

No sign of Andy Symonds?

Re: NEWS: Teams Up - Dragons vs Saints
Posted by: tedge (IP Logged)
Date: 16/08/2018 14:10

So missing are Symonds reason unknown, Hartley, not sure where he is but perhaps not fit enough yet, Mallinder - seems to be taking an age to recover from whatever it is, Naiyaravoro - on holiday - Kellaway - also on holiday , Barrow (played last week), Ford-Robinson - yet to play, Burrell - bench last week, Onojaife - bench last week. Can't think of any others apart from one or two academy players who turned out last week

Re: NEWS: Teams Up - Dragons vs Saints
Posted by: Dragonboy (IP Logged)
Date: 16/08/2018 14:33

Paul Hill

Re: NEWS: Teams Up - Dragons vs Saints
Posted by: Neil-H (IP Logged)
Date: 16/08/2018 14:46

Hartley isnt match fit, he is working on it... he couldnít train as made his concussions symptoms reoccur, so lost a lot of fitness and on the road back

Re: NEWS: Teams Up - Dragons vs Saints
Posted by: skybluesaint (IP Logged)
Date: 16/08/2018 14:50

does NOBODY know what's been wrong with Harry M?

Re: NEWS: Teams Up - Dragons vs Saints
Posted by: St_Bart (IP Logged)
Date: 16/08/2018 14:52

Wood still recovering from ankle/foot injury?

Re: NEWS: Teams Up - Dragons vs Saints
Posted by: tedge (IP Logged)
Date: 16/08/2018 14:57

Keep forgetting Tom Wood - don't mean to. Mallinder is a mystery - the fact that they don't identify his problem as they now appear to be doing as routine, suggests that there might be something personal involved.

Re: NEWS: Teams Up - Dragons vs Saints
Posted by: Lamont4Saints (IP Logged)
Date: 16/08/2018 15:01

I thought the Harrison at no. 8 experiments were finished with. Iíd have had Haskell at 8 unless we really plan on Eadie and T being our 8s.

Re: NEWS: Teams Up - Dragons vs Saints
Posted by: St_Bart (IP Logged)
Date: 16/08/2018 15:22

Thought I'd heard somewhere that Harry M had been recovering from glandular fever? If so it takes a long time to get really rid of it and match fit.



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Re: NEWS: Teams Up - Dragons vs Saints
Posted by: Duckonstilts (IP Logged)
Date: 16/08/2018 17:28

Quote:
Dave Jackson
Wot no Digger*

:-)

Re: NEWS: Teams Up - Dragons vs Saints
Posted by: Dragonboy (IP Logged)
Date: 17/08/2018 05:51

Ace and the scrum half we signed are also missing. Sorry name has escaped me at the moment

Re: NEWS: Teams Up - Dragons vs Saints
Posted by: higgy365 (IP Logged)
Date: 17/08/2018 09:43

Donít suppose thereís a FB feed or whatever of tonightís game? Or same drill as last week?

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