North starts as Saints make five changes for Quins clash

George North
George North

George North has been recalled to the Saints starting line-up for their Easter Sunday showdown with Harlequins at Franklin’s Gardens (ko 3.15pm).

North has been away since the end of January on Six Nations duty with Wales.

In all, Saints make five changes with fit-again Luther Burrell, Stephen Myler, Kieran Brookes and Tom Wood also starting.

There is also a possible senior debut for Fiji prop Campese Ma’afu, who has been included in a matchday 23 for the first time since arriving at Franklin’s Gardens last month.

Courtney Lawes is also named on the bench after recovering from the ankle injury sustained in the win at Saracens on March 5.

Meanwhile, Harlequins have called on their Six Nations stars in a bid to boost their stuttering form.

Danny Care captains the team on his 200th Quins appearance, while Mike Brown, Joe Marler, Jack Clifford and Jamie Roberts are also in the starting 15.

Chris Robshaw takes his place among the replacements.

Saints: Foden; K Pisi, G Pisi, Burrell, North; Myler, Dickson (c); Waller, Haywood, Brookes; Craig, Day, Gibson; Wood, Harrison.

Replacements: Marshall, Ma’afu, Hill, Lawes, Dickinson, Fotuali’i, Hanrahan, Mallinder

Harlequins: Brown; Walker, Marchant, Roberts, Visser; Botica, Care (c); Marler, Gray, Collier; Merrick, Horwill; Clifford, Wallace, Easter.

Replacements: Ward, Lambert, Sinckler, Luamanu, Robshaw, Dickson, Hopper, Chisholm.