Preview: Northampton v Glasgow

Date published: January 15 2016

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Northampton Saints have implemented four changes to their squad ahead of the Champions Cup fixture against Glasgow Warriors at Franklin's Gardens on Sunday.

George Pisi returns to the number 13 jersey and Dylan Hartley, Christian Day and Tom Wood will all join the pack.

Glasgow centre Sam Johnson will make his first start and fifth appearance for Glasgow Warriors, while Scotland international Alex Dunbar returns from injury for Sunday's match.

Stuart Hogg is once again named at full-back, with Lee Jones replacing Taqele Naiyaravoro on the right wing and Sean Lamont continuing on the opposite side.

Dunbar and Johnson are in the Warriors midfield, while Finn Russell switches to fly-half with Duncan Weir named on the bench. Scrum-half Ali Price keeps his place in the starting line-up, following last weekend's defeat to Racing 92 in Paris.

In the pack Gordon Reid and Pat MacArthur continue at loosehead and hooker respectively, while Sila Puafisi comes in for Zander Fagerson at tighthead.

Leone Nakarawa and Jonny Gray once again start in the Warriors engine room.

It’s the same back- row which started last weekend, with Ryan Wilson, Chris Fusaro and Adam Ashe combining. Tim Swinson, Simone Favaro and Grayson Hart all return from injury and are named amongst the replacements.

Glasgow Warriors head coach Gregor Townsend said: “We were disappointed to lose last weekend’s game in Paris, but Sunday is a new challenge for us and we’re looking forward to the game at Franklin’s Gardens.

Form: The Northampton Saints have had the upper hand in this fixture in the past. During their most recent encounter the Saints recorded a 26-15 win, away from home. This is compounded by the fact that the last time Saints hosted Glasgow, they also recorded a comfortable victory. The odds appear to be stacked heavily in the home team's favour this week. What will encourage Saints even more is that they have won 10 of their last 11 matches against Scottish opponents. What will encourage Glasgow though, is that Saints have failed to record a win in their last two European outings.

The teams:

Northampton Saints: 15 Ben Foden, 14 Tom Collins, 13 George Pisi, 12 Luther Burrell, 11 George North, 10 JJ Hanrahan, 9 Lee Dickson (c), 8 Teimana Harrison,  7 Tom Wood, 6 Jamie Gibson, 5 Christian Day, 4 Courtney Lawes, 3 Paul Hill, 2 Dylan Hartley, 1 Alex Waller
Replacements: 16 Mikey Haywood, 17 Ethan Waller, 18 Gareth Denman, 19 Michael Paterson, 20 Jon Fisher, 21 Tom Kessell, 22 Stephen Myler, 23 Harry Mallinder

Glasgow Warriors: 15 Stuart Hogg, 14 Lee Jones, 13 Alex Dunbar, 12 Sam Johnson, 11 Sean Lamont, 10 Finn Russell, 9 Ali Price, 8 Adam Ashe, 7 Chris Fusaro, 6 Ryan Wilson, 5 Jonny Gray (c), 4 Leone Nakarawa, 3 Sila Puafisi, 2 Pat MacArthur, 1 Gordon Reid
Replacements: 16 Shalva Mamukashvili, 17 Alex Allan, 18 Zander Fagerson, 19 Tim Swinson, 20 Simone Favaro, 21 Grayson Hart, 22 Duncan Weir, 23 Taqele Naiyaravoro

Date: Sunday, January 17
Venue: Franklin's Gardens
Kick-off: 17:30 GMT
Referee: Romain Poite (France)
Assistant Referees: Cyril Lafon (France), Stéphane Boyer (France)
TMO: Philippe Bonhoure (France)

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