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Mallinder backs Foden, Burrell

26th October 2013 20:59

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Ben Foden scoring for Northampton Saints

Scored two: Ben Foden

Northampton director of rugby Jim Mallinder has backed Ben Foden and Luther Burrell to play for England next week after shining against Saracens.

The pair were impressive in the 41-20 win over Saturday's visitors to Franklin's Gardens, with Saints running in six tries in the fine triumph.

Foden scored two of those while Burrell also crossed as Mallinder backed the duo to be in Stuart Lancaster's thoughts against Australia.

"Ben's trying-saving tackle on Alex Goode in the first half was very important and I'd like him to be involved in the 23 against Australia," he said.

"He's been getting back to his best and had a good game against Saracens.

"Luther just continues to improve - he's getting better with every single game and plays with a big smile on his face. He's loving playing every week.

"He's playing with confidence and I'm sure Stuart Lancaster will be looking at him."

Other scorers in the Aviva Premiership game were man of the match Samu Manoa, Jamie Elliott and Ken Pisi in a match that saw both teams missing England internationals.

"To score 40-odd points against Saracens is pleasing," Mallinder added.

"You never quite know beforehand how teams will react to having players missing, but it was pleasing for us that it was such a good squad effort.

"Our pack played well, our set piece was good and we combined that by moving the ball at the right time. We were clinical with some of our tries."

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