Preview: Northampton Saints vs. London Irish

George Pisi touches down for Northampton
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Sports Mole looks ahead to Saturday's Aviva Premiership meeting between Northampton and London Irish at Franklin's Gardens.

Northampton Saints can enter the Aviva Premiership playoff places on Saturday with victory over London Irish at Franklin's Gardens.

The Saints, who have won their last two league matches, come into the contest two points behind fourth-placed Gloucester Rugby.

Meanwhile, Irish have recently opened up a five-point gap between themselves and the relegation zone with three victories from four games.

Dylan Hartley and Courtney Lawes return from England duty for the hosts, while Samu Manoa replaces Ben Nutley.

The visitors make one change as Jon Fisher comes in for the suspended Chris Hala'ufia.

Recent form

Northampton: LWLLWW

Irish: WWLWLW

Lineups

Northampton: Foden, Wilson, Pisi, May, Elliott, Myler, Dickson, Van Velze, Dowson, Manoa, Day, Lawes, Mercey, Hartley, Tonga'uiha
Replacements: McMillan, Waller, Mujati, Sorenson, Nutley, Roberts, Lamb, Waldouck

Irish: Homer, Ojo, Armitage, Geraghty, Yarde, Humphreys, Phibbs, Fisher, Treviranus, Garvey, Evans, Skivington, Aulika, Lawson, Lahiff
Replacements: Paice, Yanuyanutawa, Halavatau, Low, Sinclair, Tagicakibau, Sa, Moates

Sports Mole says: Northampton to seal the points

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