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Match preview: Northampton Saints (h) - Gallagher Premiership

Everything you need to know ahead of Friday's Gallagher Premiership clash with Northampton Saints at Ashton Gate, in our Langley House Big Match Preview.



NORTHAMPTON SAINTS LINEUP

15. Ahsee Tuala, 14. Matt Proctor, 13. Piers Francis,12. Rory Hutchinson, 11. Tom Collins, 10. James Grayson, 9. Henry Taylor; 1. Alex Waller (co-capt), 2. Reece Marshall, 3. Owen Franks, 4. Api Ratuniyarawa, 5. David Ribbans, 6. Nick Isiekwe, 7. Lewis Ludlam (co-capt), 8. Tom Wood.

Replacements: 16. James Fish, 17. Francois Van Wyk, 18. Ehren Painter, 19. Alex Coles, 20. Shaun Adendorff, 21. Alex Mitchell, 22. Fraser Dingwall, 23. Taqele Naiyaravoro.

WHEN AND WHERE

The Bears' round three Gallagher Premiership clash against Northampton Saints is on Friday, December 4th, with kick-off at 7.45pm (UK).

In the UK, the game will be televised on the BT Sport 1 HD and broadcast live on BBC Radio Bristol - and you can also follow all the action in our Matchday Centre on bristolbearsrugby.com and on Twitter: @BristolBears, whilst highlights will be available to watch from 10am the following day.

FORM GUIDE

Ignoring the play offs, Bristol Bears have won three of their last four Gallagher Premiership matches. The Bears have won their last five encounters in all competitions at Ashton Gate with their only defeat at the venue in 2020 being to Exeter in Round 16 of Premiership Rugby.

Northampton Saints have lost their last nine matches in all competitions, excluding their declared defeat against Gloucester in Round 22 last season. The Saints most recent victory was 27-3 against London Irish at the Twickenham Stoop on August 22nd.

Bristol have won their last three matches against Northampton in Gallagher Premiership Rugby since the Saints 45-40 victory at Ashton Gate in September 2018. The East Midlanders have won on two of their previous three visits to Ashton Gate.

OFFICIALS

Referee: Luke Pearce (104th Premiership game). Assistant Referees: Adam Leal & Roy Maybank. TMO: David Rose. Citing Officer: Will James.


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