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Head to Heads - Northampton Saints

13 September 2018

Bath Rugby face Northampton Saints in the next home game of the Gallagher premiership on Saturday 22nd of September, kick off 15:00. Here are some key match-ups ahead of the game to look out for.

Dylan Hartley v Tom Dunn

Dylan Hartley has played 244 matches for Saints, including leading the team as captain during the Club’s most successful period in history. Hartley also holds the record as England’s most capped hooker of all time, with an impressive 93 appearances for his country already under his belt. He has won three Six Nations titles, and also captained England during their 3-0 series win over Australia in the summer of 2016. Tom Dunn, however, could be the man who challenges Hartley’s record. Only two fixtures into the 2018/19 Gallagher Premiership, Dunn has already impressed hugely, scoring a brace at the Rec against Gloucester in the first home match of the season for the Blue, Black and White. He is a rock in defence and a key man at the set piece, with an undoubtedly bright future for both country and Club ahead. These two locking heads is not to be missed.

Dave Attwood v Courtney Lawes

Both standing at 6ft 7in, these two towering forwards were a familiar second row combination for England on the international scene; Attwood and Lawes have made 24 and 65 caps for England respectively. The Bath man has made over 100 appearances for the Blue, Black and White, whilst the Northampton lock has donned Saints colours on over 200 occasions. Both look to disrupt at the line-out with their height and athleticism, and sparks will fly when these two top quality locks come face-to-face at the Rec.

Taulupe Faletau v Teimana Harrison

Originally from New Zealand, dogged and tenacious backrower Harrison was scouted by Dylan Hartley when the Saints skipper went to visit his old school in the southern hemisphere in 2011. He has five England caps and is recognised for his ball carrying ability and abrasiveness. Taulupe Faletau, on the other hand, needs no introduction. Capped 72 times by Wales, the number eight is one of the most highly-rated backrowers in the world. Well known for his defensive work rate and ball-carrying ability, Faletau was called up to the 2013 and 2017 Lions tours, taking on Australia and New Zealand respectively. Highlights of Faletau’s standout second tour include flying over the whitewash in the first test against the All Blacks.

Jamie Roberts v Piers Francis

Two very different players, Roberts is known for his physicality and for punching holes in the opposition’s defence, while Francis is known for his agility and kicking game. Roberts is an experienced centre, with 94 caps Wales, and was included in both the 2009 and 2013 Lion’s tours. Francis is an exciting young talent, and has already caught the eye of Eddie Jones who will be looking to build on the center’s five England caps. It will be an interesting contest at inside centre where two players with very different playing styles will go head to head.

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