Leicester Tigers v Northampton Saints: Team news for Saturday's game at Welford Road

Saints will be without Nick Isiekwe when they travel to Welford Road to face local rivals Leicester Tigers on Saturday afternoon (kick-off 3pm).

Friday, 23rd April 2021, 12:03 pm
Updated Friday, 23rd April 2021, 12:04 pm
Tom Wood starts on derby day

Isiekwe suffered a pectoral injury during the win against London Irish last Friday and he has been replaced in the starting line-up by Tom Wood.

One injury boost for Saints comes in the form of Matt Proctor who is fit enough to return from a calf problem, taking the place of Tom Collins on the wing.

Rory Hutchinson replaces Fraser Dingwall at outside centre in the only other change to the backline.

In the pack, Alex Waller, Sam Matavesi and Ehren Painter replace Nick Auterac, Mike Haywood and Paul Hill.

Tommy Freeman has recovered from the knee injury he picked up against Ulster and is able to be named among the replacements.

Saints remain without Taqele Naiyaravoro (calf), Owen Franks (foot), Danny Hobbs-Awoyemi (Achilles), Courtney Lawes (pectoral), Api Ratuniyarawa (shoulder), Ryan Olowofela (ankle) and Kayde Sylvester (Achilles).

Leicester Tigers: Steward; van Wyk, Scott, Kelly, Murimurivalu; Ford, B Youngs; Genge, T Youngs (c), Cole; Wells, Green; Liebenberg, Wallace, Wiese.

Replacements: Clare, de Bruin, Heyes, Lavanini, Brink, van Poortvliet, Henry, Nadolo.

Saints: Furbank; Proctor, Hutchinson, Francis, Sleightholme; Biggar, Mitchell; Waller (cc), Matavesi, Painter; Ribbans, Moon; Wood, Ludlam (cc), Harrison.

Replacements: Haywood, Auterac, Hill, Coles, Adendorff, James, Tuala, Freeman.