Aviva Premiership Team News

League leaders Wasps welcome back England international, James Haskell, for the visit of Leicester Tigers to the Ricoh Arena. Haskell hasn’t played since being injured while on international duty last summer. He has been named on the bench alongside fellow long term absentee Simon McIntyre. For the Tigers, Bentham moves into the centre to replace Manu Tuilagi, who has suffered a season ending injury, while Tom Brandy will take Bentham’s spot on the wing. Flanker Will Evans returns to the starting side and Matt Smith is named on the bench.

Over at Allianz Park, Saracens welcome high flying Exeter Chiefs in a 2nd vs 3rd confrontation. Both teams have made a number of changes, with Saracens resting England fly half Farrell, who is replaced by Alex Lozowski and will Partner Richard Wigglesworth, who starts at scrum half. Former England Winger Chris Ashton is also replaced, with Chris Wyles taking his spot, while Brits, Hamilton and Kelly Brown all start in the pack. Exeter also have a new look front row as they look to make eight changes from the team that won at Bath. Rimmer, Cowan-Dickie and Holmes all start up front, with Atkins and Parling joining them in the pack. In the backs, there are starts for Engalnd centre, Henry Slade, and Jack Nowell alongside James Short, who is rewarded for his efforts of the bench against Bath.

Bottom placed Bristol travel to Northampton, with fly half Adrian Jarvis back in the side. He is joined by Kyle Traynor and Jamal Ford-Robinson, who both start at prop and club captain Jack Lamb on the bench. The Saints only make one change to their run on side, with Elliott taking Pisi’s place on the wing, and Dickinson and Craig both named on the subs bench.

After their defeat to Northampton, Gloucester recall Moriaty and Rowan into the pack, Laidlow returns at scrum half alongside Sharples and Scott at winger and centre respectively, as they welcome Worcester to Kingsholm. Worcester, looking for their third win of the season, welcome back skipper Phil Dawson at lock, but are missing Aussie Ben Te’o who is replaced by Wynand Oliver.

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