Saints make four changes for Racing revenge mission

Stephen Myler is back in the Saints starting line-up (picture: Kirsty Edmonds)
Stephen Myler is back in the Saints starting line-up (picture: Kirsty Edmonds)

Saints have made four changes to their starting 15 as they bid to turn the tables on Racing 92 at Franklin’s Gardens on Friday night.

Jamie Gibson returns in the pack, taking the place of Michael Paterson, who is among the replacements.

Courtney Lawes moves back to the second row after lining up a six in last Saturday’s 33-3 Champions Cup defeat at Stade Yves-du-Manoir.

Stephen Myler is back in at 10, replacing JJ Hanrahan, who had started the previous two games, while George Pisi comes in for Tom Stephenson after taking a rest last weekend.

The final change comes in the 14 shirt, with Ahsee Tuala, Saints’ two-try hero in last month’s superb win at Glasgow Warriors, replacing Jamie Elliott.

Racing have opted to name an unchanged line-up, meaning New Zealand fly-half Carter will be starting at the Gardens.

The only change in the Top 14 team’s squad comes on the bench, with Marc Andreu replacing Alexandre Dumoulin.

Saints: Foden; Tuala, G Pisi, Burrell, North; Myler, Dickson (c); A Waller, Haywood, Brookes; Lawes, Matfield; Gibson, Harrison, Dickinson.

Replacements: Williams, E Waller, Hill, Day, Paterson, Fotuali’i, Hanrahan, Elliott.

Racing 92: Dulin; Rokocoko, Laulala, Chavancy, Imhoff; Carter, Phillips; Ben Arous, Szarzewski, Tameifuna; Charteris, van der Merwe; Lauret, Nyanga, Masoe.

Replacements: Chat, Brugnaut, Gomes Sa, Carizza, Claassen, Machenaud, Goosen, Andreu.