Corbisiero, Wood, Fotuali’i and Ma’afu back in Saints starting line-up for Gloucester trip

HE'S BACK - Alex Corbisiero returns to the Saints starting line-up for the trip to Gloucester
HE'S BACK - Alex Corbisiero returns to the Saints starting line-up for the trip to Gloucester
  • Saints make four changes to starting XV for trip to Gloucester
  • Tom Wood, Alex Corbisiero, Salesi Ma’afu and Kahn Fotuali’i return
  • Wood to captain team in absence of Dylan Hartley
  • England pair Billy Twelvetrees and Johnny May start for Cherry & Whites

Saints have recalled four key men for Saturday’s Aviva Premiership trip to Gloucester (kick-off 3.15pm).

Alex Corbisiero, Tom Wood and Samoan star Kahn Fotuali’i are back in the starting 15 after playing key roles from the bench in last Friday’s 17-13 victory against Harlequins.

And Australian prop Salesi Ma’afu also returns having completed a two-week ban for striking London Irish prop Tom Court.

Alex Waller, Gareth Denman, Sam Dickinson and Lee Dickson drop to the bench.

Dickson captained Saints in the game against Quins, but Wood will take on the role of skipper this weekend.

Saints are still without Dylan Hartley, Luther Burrell and George North, who remain in their respective international camps.

Gloucester have been boosted by the return of their Six Nations stars, with England duo Billy Twelvetrees and Jonny May named in the starting 15.

Wales hooker Richard Hibbard and Scotland scrum-half Greig Laidlaw also start at Kingsholm.

Gloucester: McColl; Sharples, Meakes, Twelvetrees (c), May; Hook, Laidlaw; Murphy, Hibbard, Afoa; Savage, Palmer; Kalamafoni, Kvesic, Evans.

Replacements: Dawidiuk, Thomas, Puafisi, Stooke, Moriarty, Robson, Burns, Purdy.

Saints: Wilson; K Pisi, G Pisi, Stephenson, Elliott; Myler, Fotuali’i; Corbisiero, Haywood, Ma’afu; Lawes, Day; Wood (c), Clark, Manoa.

Replacements: Williams, A Waller, Denman, Dickinson, Dowson, Dickson, Olver, Tuala.