Northampton Saints v Exeter Chiefs team news

Stephen Myler will start for Saints against Exeter Chiefs after recovering from a hamstring strain (picture: Kirsty Edmonds)
Stephen Myler will start for Saints against Exeter Chiefs after recovering from a hamstring strain (picture: Kirsty Edmonds)
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Stephen Myler and Luther Burrell have recovered from injury and will start for Saints against Exeter Chiefs at Franklin’s Gardens on Friday night (kick-off 7.45pm).

Myler had been nursing a hamstring strain and Burrell and hand problem, but both will take their place in a strong Saints side for the Aviva Premiership clash.

Calum Clark and Lee Dickson, who were released by England on Tuesday, also start with Samu Manoa is another key man returning to the first 15.

Ben Foden and Alex Waller are also back as current table-toppers Saints bid to see off an Exeter side who sit third in the standings.

Jon Fisher misses the game with the toe injury sustained in the second minute of the LV= Cup win at Scarlets last Friday.

For Exeter, who beat Bath in the LV= Cup last weekend, Carl Rimmer and Ben White come into the pack, with Ben Moon and Dave Ewers dropping out.

The sole change in the backline sees Phil Dollman return at full-back in place of Byron McGuigan.

Saints: Foden; Elliott, Stephenson, Burrell, Collins; Myler, Dickson; A Waller, Haywood, Ma’afu; Manoa, Day; Clark, Nutley, Dowson (c).

Replacements: McMillan, E Waller, Denman, Woolford, Harrison, Hodgson, Wilson, Waldouck.

Exeter: Dollman; Nowell, Slade, Hill, Jess; Steenson, Chudley; Rimmer, Yeandle, Francis; Mumm (c), Welch; White, Armand, Waldrom.

Replacements: Cowan-Dickie, Moon, Low, Caldwell, Horstmann Thomas, Whitten, McGuigan.