NEWS: Teams Up: Timisoara v Saints ECC ko 2.30pm local time


Not your usual Sarries
By Happywifehappylife
December 14 2018

Heinrich Brüssow and Tom Collins are both set to make injury returns for Northampton Saints this weekend, with director of rugby Chris Boyd naming a side containing 12 changes for the side's round four European Challenge Cup clash.

The men in Black, Green and Gold travel to Romania to face Timisoara Saracens for the first time in the Club’s history with their destiny in their own hands in Pool One. Saints sit second behind Clermont Auvergne after three rounds of the competition so far, having swept aside Dragons 48-14 last time out.

Wing Collins makes his first appearance since fracturing his eye socket against Gloucester in the Premiership Rugby Cup last month, and comes into the back three alongside Ahsee Tuala and Matt Worley – who is set to make his European debut for Saints.

Luther Burrell captains the side for the first time in his Northampton career from inside centre, with another European debutant in Fraser Dingwall returning to Saints’ midfield alongside him, while James Grayson and Alex Mitchell partner each other in the half-back berths.

Reece Marshall, Francois van Wyk and Paul Hill make up a new-look Saints front row, with David Ribbans and last weekend’s man-of-the-match Api Ratuniyarawa providing the grunt in the engine room.

Flanker Brüssow makes his first appearance in Black, Green and Gold since September, with Devante Onojaife notching up a European debut on the blindside and No.8 Mitch Eadie rounding off the pack.

Meanwhile amongst the replacements Alex Coles and Paddy Ryan are also set for their first Challenge Cup appearances if they are introduced off the bench.

15 Ahsee Tuala
14 Matt Worley
13 Fraser Dingwall
12 Luther Burrell (c)
11 Tom Collins
10 James Grayson
9 Alex Mitchell

1 Francois van Wyk
2 Reece Marshall
3 Paul Hill
4 David Ribbans
5 Api Ratuniyarawa
6 Devante Onojaife
7 Heinrich Brüssow
8 Mitch Eadie

Replacements:
16 James Fish
17 Will Davis
18 Ehren Painter
19 Alex Moon
20 Alex Coles
21 Paddy Ryan
22 Charlie Davies
23 Rory Hutchinson

Not available for selection:
Ken Pisi (shoulder), Nafi Tuitavake (neck), Andy Symons (knee), Harry Mallinder (knee), James Haskell (ankle), James Craig (concussion), Tom Emery (shoulder), Mikey Haywood (knee), Piers Francis (shoulder), Andrew Kellaway (ankle) and George Furbank (concussion).

Taken from t'Offy

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NEWS: Teams Up: Timisoara v Saints ECC ko 2.30pm local time
Posted by: Marching On (IP Logged)
Date: 14/12/2018 19:47

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Team's Up
Posted by: tedge (IP Logged)
Date: 14/12/2018 11:38

15 Ahsee Tuala
14 Matt Worley
13 Fraser Dingwall
12 Luther Burrell (c)
11 Tom Collins
10 James Grayson
9 Alex Mitchell

1 Francois van Wyk
2 Reece Marshall
3 Paul Hill
4 David Ribbans
5 Api Ratuniyarawa
6 Devante Onojaife
7 Heinrich Brüssow
8 Mitch Eadie

Replacements:
16 James Fish
17 Will Davis
18 Ehren Painter
19 Alex Moon
20 Alex Coles
21 Paddy Ryan
22 Charlie Davies
23 Rory Hutchinson

Not available for selection:
Ken Pisi (shoulder), Nafi Tuitavake (neck), Andy Symons (knee), Harry Mallinder (knee), James Haskell (ankle), James Craig (concussion), Tom Emery (shoulder), Mikey Haywood (knee), Piers Francis (shoulder), Andrew Kellaway (ankle) and George Furbank (concussion).

Re: Team's Up
Posted by: SaintMaul (IP Logged)
Date: 14/12/2018 11:44

A fairly light pack. So it will be interesting to see how they go against what I understand is a big, physical Romanian side. Good luck lads.

The injury list doesn't seem to be easing much: Francis, Kellaway for example. Though it's good to see Broussow and Collins back.

Re: Team's Up
Posted by: tedge (IP Logged)
Date: 14/12/2018 11:48

Do hope it doesn't back fire

Re: Team's Up
Posted by: Scrummy (IP Logged)
Date: 14/12/2018 12:20

Chosen with an eye on next week at Worcester I think.

Good to see Hill and Painter both fit.

Re: Team's Up
Posted by: tedge (IP Logged)
Date: 14/12/2018 12:51

Also chosen with an eye on the Wanderers match on Monday

Re: Team's Up
Posted by: JohnI (IP Logged)
Date: 14/12/2018 14:35

Seen the team at the airport this morning before team announced so was expecting a very different team sheet. Good luck saints. 5 points needed to get some distance with dragons

Re: Team's Up
Posted by: Chris Hoddle (IP Logged)
Date: 14/12/2018 18:52

Oppo team much changed from last week. No big props so a lighter pack to contend with. They will have the snow to battle against

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