Prop Soane Tonga’uiha is set to miss at least three Saints games in November after he was named in Tonga’s 35-man squad for their autumn international series in Europe.
Tonga’uiha and Co will play four matches, starting with a game against Italy in Brescia on Saturday, November 10, the same day as Saints host Harlequins in the LV= Cup.
They then face Newcastle at Kingston Park three days later, before a game against USA Eagles in Wales on November 17.
And Tonga complete their campaign against Scotland in Aberdeen on November 24.
It means as well as the Quins clash, Tonga’uiha is set to miss the trip to Newport Gwent Dragons (November 18), also in the LV= Cup, and the Aviva Premiership clash with London Welsh at Franklin’s Gardens. (November 24).