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Breaking News: Northampton Saints keep Myler at fly-half for London Irish trip

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Stephen Myler has kept his place in the Saints side to take on London Irish at the Madejski Stadium tomorrow.

Myler is preferred at fly-half to Ryan Lamb for the clash with the only other changes seeing Paul Doran-Jones at tighthead and Mark Sorenson come into the second row for Courtney Lawes, while Andy Long takes over for the injured Mike Haywood at hooker.

Samu Manoa has been moved into the back row as Calum Clark captains the side after being released by England.

Director of rugby Jim Mallinder says Saints will have to improve their performance from last weekend.

Saints saw off Sale Sharks at Franklin’s Gardens last Saturday, relying on seven Myler penalties and a Ryan Lamb drop-goal to earn the four league points.

But with London Irish only having lost once on home turf in the Aviva Premiership this season Mallinder has said that accuracy and execution will all have to step up several notches if the positive run is to continue.

“Last Saturday was an important win for us,” he said. “As much as you’d like to win with style every week sometimes you have to grind out the result and grabbing your opportunities when you can.

“This is what we did last weekend and although we need the same again in terms of taking our chances we will need to be much better in our all round performance. At times we tried to play too hard last weekend and didn’t look after the ball, and we will have to control ourselves more.

“London Irish have a good home record this season, and with some powerful runners out wide like Jonathan Joseph and Sailosi Tagicakibau we will have to be alert defensively. They are very organised and as we saw here at Franklin’s Gardens in September will play right until the last minute. And in Tom Homer they have one of the best goal kickers in Aviva Premiership Rugby.

“But the spirit in training has been good this week and we are feeling positive ahead of the trip to Reading.”

NORTHAMPTON SAINTS TEAM TO PLAY LONDON IRISH

Sunday, February 26th, 2012

Kick off 1:15pm

15 Paul DIGGIN

14 Vasily ARTEMYEV

13 George PISI

12 James DOWNEY

11 Noah CATO

10 Stephen MYLER

9 Martin ROBERTS

1 Soane TONGA’UIHA

2 Andy LONG

3 Paul DORAN JONES

4 Mark SORENSON

5 Christian DAY

6 Samu MANOA

7 Calum CLARK (capt)

8 Roger WILSON

Replacements

16 Ross MCMILLAN

17 Alex WALLER

18 Brian MUJATI

19 James CRAIG

20 Ben NUTLEY

21 Ryan GLYNN

22 Ryan LAMB

23 Tom MAY

 

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