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Samu Manoa: Drafted into Saints second row

Samu Manoa: Drafted into Saints second row

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Northampton have made two enforced changes for Saturday's Aviva Premiership clash with Bath at Franklin's Gardens.

Dylan Hartley and Courtney Lawes are both on England duty, and they are replaced by Mike Haywood and Ben Nutley in an otherwise unchanged team from that which won at Worcester last weekend.

Haywood is a straight replacement for hooker Hartley, but Lawes' absence has caused a reshuffle in the back five.

Samu Manoa, the blindside last week, takes Lawes' place in the second row, Phil Dowson switches from openside to No 6 and Nutley comes in at No 7.

Rob Webber will captain Bath for the first time in a pack showing three changes from last week's thumping win over London Irish.

Props Charlie Beech and Anthony Perenise replace international duo Paul James and David Wilson, and in the back-row Bath are shorn of Francois Louw so Carl Fearns switches to No 6 and Mat Gilbert comes on to the openside.

In the backs Tom Heathcote, who has spent the week training with Scotland, comes into at fly-half in place of the injured Stephen Donald.

Northampton: 15 Ben Foden, 14 James Wilson, 13 George Pisi, 12 Tom May, 11 Jamie Elliott, 10 Stephen Myler, 9 Lee Dickson, 1 Soane Tonga'uiha, 2 Mike Haywood, 3 Tom Mercey, 4 Samu Manoa, 5 Mark Sorenson, 6 Phil Dowson, 7 Ben Nutley, 8 GJ Van Velze

Replacements: 16 Ross McMillan, 17 Alex Waller, 18 Paul Doran Jones, 19 James Craig, 20 Rhys Oakley, 21 Martin Roberts, 22 Ryan Lamb, 23 Dom Waldouck

Bath: 15 Nick Abendanon, 14 Horacio Agulla, 13 Matt Banahan, 12 Kyle Eastmond, 11 Tom Biggs, 10 Tom Heathcote, 9 Peter Stringer, 1 Charlie Beech, 2 Rob Webber, 3 Anthony Perenise, 4 Dominic Day, 5 Dave Attwood, 6 Carl Fearns, 7 Mat Gilbert, 8 Ben Skirving

Replacements: 16 Ross Batty, 17 Nathan Catt, 18 Kane Palma-Newport, 19 Will Spencer, 20 Nick Koster, 21 Michael Claassens, 22 Sam Vesty, 23 Semesa Rokoduguni

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