Preview: Northampton Saints vs. Gloucester Rugby

Northampton's Stephen Myler on October 14, 2012
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Sports Mole previews Saturday's Aviva Premiership showdown between Northampton and Gloucester at Franklin's Gardens.

Gloucester Rugby can overtake Northampton Saints in the Aviva Premiership table on Saturday if they beat their hosts at Franklin's Gardens.

The West Country club, who are in sixth place in the table, come into the match with one win in their last three league games.

Fifth-placed Northampton have fared even worse in recent weeks, losing three out of four matches.

The hosts have made wholesale changes as they welcome the returns of Ken Pisi, George Pisi, Stephen Myler and Lee Dickson.

Gloucester have named six news faces in their starting XV, with Nick Wood and Jonny May among those included.

Recent form

Northampton: LWWLWL

Gloucester: LLWWLL


Northampton: Wilson, K Pisi, G Pisi, Waldouck, Elliott, Myler, Dickson, Tonga'uiha, Haywood, Mercey, Manoa, Sorenson, Dowson, Nutley, Van Velze
Replacements: McMillan, Waller, Doran Jones, Craig, Oakley, Roberts, Lamb, May

Gloucester: Cook, Sharples, Tindall, Molenaar, May, Mills, Robson, Wood, Dawidiuk, Harden, Lokotui, James, Savage, Qera, Kalamafoni
Replacements: d'Apice, Murphy, Thomas, Buxton, Cox, Cowan, Monahan, Thomas

Sports Mole says: Northampton to snatch the spoils

George Pisi touches down for Northampton
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