phil dowson northampton saintsNorthampton Saints today named the team that will play in tomorrow’s Aviva Premiership Rugby match against Saracens.

It is the Saints’ first Aviva Premiership Rugby match in a month, and following four weeks of European and Anglo-Welsh competition director of rugby Jim Mallinder said today that the team is eager for the league to resume.

“We’ve had a bit of a break from the Premiership with the Heineken Cup and LV= Cup and we’re really looking forward to getting back to the league,” Mallinder commented. “We know we will have to improve on last week’s performance tomorrow because it will be tough. Saracens like to get on the front foot and like to play with width, which we know from our experiences last year.

“We will have to play at our very best. We were disappointed to concede against Leeds. In the second half we stepped up and we will need to do that this week.

“It’s a big game. We know where we are in the league and we know where Saracens are, in a very similar position to us. We also know that if we win we will have four league points, and that’s a massive motivation for us.”


Aviva Premiership Rugby Round 14

Franklin’s Gardens

Saturday, February 12th, 2011

Kick off 12:30pm

15 Greig Tonks

14 Bruce Reihana

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 Dan Vickerman

5 Christian Day

6 Calum Clark

7 Phil Dowson (capt)

8 Roger Wilson


16 Andy Long

17 Alex Waller

18 Tom Mercey

19 Mark Sorenson

20 Mark Easter

21 Stuart Commins

22 Shane Geraghty

23 Scott Armstrong