Dowson in for Wood as Saints make one change for Falcons clash

LEADER OF THE PACK - Phil Dowson starts for Saints against Newcastle, and also captains the team
LEADER OF THE PACK - Phil Dowson starts for Saints against Newcastle, and also captains the team

Phil Dowson has been recalled to the Saints starting line-up for Friday night’s Aviva Premiership clash with Newcastle Falcons at Franklin’s Gardens (ko 7.45pm).

Dowson replaces Tom Wood in the back row in the only change from last Saturday’s 30-25 win over Harlequins at Twickenham.

The fomer Newcastle player will also skipper Saints against his former club.

Wood starts on the bench, where he will be joined by hooker Matti Williams and scrum-half Joel Hodgson, with Kahn Fotuali’i ruled out through injury.

Saints v Newcastle: Ben Foden; Ken Pisi, George Pisi, Luther Burrell, George North; Stephen Myler, Lee Dickson; Alex Waller, Mike Haywood, Salesi Ma’afu, Sam Dickinson, Christian Day, Calum Clark, Phil Dowson (capt), Samu Manoa

Replacements: Matti Williams, Alex Corbisiero, Gareth Denman, Ben Nutley, Tom Wood, Joel Hodgson, James Wilson, Tom Stephenson