Saints director of rugby Jim Mallinder has once again rotated his squad and made changes to the starting line-up for Sunday’s Heineken Cup clash with Ospreys at Franklin’s Gardens (ko 12.45pm).
As well as the enforced absence of injured prop Alex Corbisiero, no.8 Sam Dickinson, who earlier this week received his first call up to the England Saxons squad, has been rested.
The former Rotherham man has been one of Saints’ best players so far this season, but he has been left out of the matchday 23.
Winger Ken Pisi, former Ospreys scrum-half Kahn Fotuali’i and Calum Clark all drop to the bench.
Alex Waller replaces Corbisiero in the front row, with Jamie Elliott coming in on the wing and Lee Dickson at scrum-half, while Phil Dowson and Samu Manoa come into the pack.
With Dickinson being rested and Corbisiero injured, Ethan Waller and GJ Van Velze are added to the replacements bench.
Saints team to play Ospreys, Heineken Cup Round 2, Franklin’s Gardens, Sunday, October 20, 2013 (KO 12.45pm): Ben Foden; Jamie Elliott, George Pisi, Luther Burrell, George North; Stephen Myler, Lee Dickson; Alex Waller, Dylan Hartley, Salesi Ma’afu, Courtney Lawes, Christian Day, Tom Wood, Phil Dowson, Samu Manoa.
Replacements: Mike Haywood, Ethan Waller, Gareth Denman, GJ van Velze, Calum Clark, Kahn Fotuali’i, James Wilson, Ken Pisi