The Aviva Premiership continues this weekend with a tasty match on Saturday afternoon between Northampton and Bath being the pick of the fixtures over the next couple of days.
We start off tonight as Newcastle Falcons take on London Wasps whilst the Sunday afternoon match sees London Irish face Gloucester.
Newcastle Falcons v London Wasps (Friday)
Newcastle Falcons are searching for their first win in the Aviva Premiership since October 27th and seventh-placed London Wasps will provide a tricky test for the Tynsiders this evening.
Coach Peter Russell has recalled Warren Fury at scrum half whilst Jamie Helleur and James Fitzpatrick come in at centre and Will Welch comes in at the back row.
Wasps were edged out 17-15 by Northampton on Saturday and coach Dai Young has elected not to make any changes to the XV that were defeated last time out. New Samoan signing Sinoti Sinoti signed a six-moth deal with the club on Christmas Eve but he will not arrive in the UK until next week.
The match is live on BT Sport from 7:45pm.
Northampton Saints v Bath (Saturday)
The pick of Saturday’s matches sees a battle between second and third as Northampton take on Bath at Franklin’s Gardens.
The Saints are in excellent form having picked up nine wins from their last ten games in all competitions. Their winning run in the league stretched to five games with last weekend’s victory over Wasps but face their sternest test against Bath tomorrow.
Coach Jim Mallinder makes three changes as Dylan Hartley, Courtney Laws and George Pisi come into the XV, meaning Mike Haywood, Sam Dickinson and Tom Collins all drop to the bench.
Bath are also in terrific form though, having won all 11 of their most recent games in all competitions and they have made one change from the squad that beat Harlequins 14-3 last weekend. Martin Roberts comes in at scrum-half with Peter Stringer dropping to the bench.
Elsewhere at 3pm, Leicester Tigers take on Sale Sharks whilst it’s bottom v top as Worcester take on Premiership leaders Saracens.
You can catch this match live on BT Sport 1.
London Irish v Gloucester (Sunday)
Sunday’s sole game sees strugglers London Irish host Gloucester. Irish are on a dire run of form lately, having lost all nine of their most recent fixtures in all competitions.
Gloucester, who currently sit ninth, come into the game fresh off the back of a 12-6 win over close neighbours Worcester last Sunday.
The match is also live on BT Sport 1 from 2pm.
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