Worcester Warriors v Northampton Saints: Team news for Saturday's game at Sixways

Saints have handed starts to their three Six Nations players in Saturday's game against Worcester Warriors at Sixways (kick-off 3pm).

Friday, 26th March 2021, 12:06 pm
Updated Friday, 26th March 2021, 12:10 pm
Dan Biggar

David Ribbans and Alex Mitchell didn't get any game time for England so they will be fresh for their return in the Gallagher Premiership clash.

And Dan Biggar will also be back in the starting 15, lining up at fly-half after scoring for Wales in France last weekend.

Biggar and Mitchell are part of a much-changed backline, with Ollie Sleightholme and Tom Collins replacing Tommy Freeman and Matt Proctor on the wings.

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Piers Francis is also back in the team, replacing Fraser Dingwall at centre.

In the pack, Ribbans partners Api Ratuniyarawa in the second row, coming in for Alex Coles.

Ehren Painter starts in place of Paul Hill at tighthead as Saints make a total of seven changes from the 28-21 defeat against Bristol Bears last Sunday.

There is good news on the bench as Shaun Adendorff is fit to take his place among the replacements having recovered from the knee injury he sustained at Exeter last month.

Worcester Warriors: Pennell; Ashton, Lawrence, Beck, Humphreys; Searle, Hougaard; Waller, Annett, Schonert; A Kitchener, Clegg; Hill (c), Kvesic, Batley.

Replacements: Miller, Thomas, van Dyk, Dodd, du Preez, Smith, Venter.

Saints: Furbank; Collins, Hutchinson, Francis, Sleightholme; Biggar, Mitchell; Waller (c), Matavesi, Painter; Ribbans, Ratuniyarawa; Isiekwe, Wood, Harrison.

Replacements: Haywood, Auterac, Hill, Coles, Adendorff, James, Dingwall, Freeman.