Ben Foden returns to the Saints starting line-up for the first time since November for Saturday’s LV= Cup semi-final with Saracens at Franklin’s Gardens (ko 12.30pm).
As expected, Saints boss Jim Mallinder has decided to rotate his squad, with Stephen Myler among those dropping to the replacements’ bench.
As well as Foden making his first start since recovering from knee surgery, there are returns to the starting line-up for winger Tom Collins and second row James Craig.
Fly-half Will Hooley, prop Tom Mercey and flanker Ben Nutley all step up from the bench to start.
Phil Dowson captains the Saints.
Saints team to play Saracens, LV= Cup semi-final, Franklin’s Gardens, Saturday, March 8 (ko 12.30pm): Ben Foden; Ken Pisi, George Pisi, Tom Stephenson, Tom Collins; Will Hooley, Kahn Fotuali’i; Ethan Waller, Mike Haywood, Tom Mercey, James Craig, Christian Day, Ben Nutley, Phil Dowson (capt), Sam Dickinson
Replacements: Ross McMillan, Alex Waller, Gareth Denman, Samu Manoa, Calum Clark, Alex Day, Stephen Myler, Fa’atoina Autagavaia