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Injury News: Two England internationals ruled out for Saints

Tighthead prop Kieran Brookes has been ruled out for six weeks after fracturing his hand in Saints’ defeat to Worcester Warriors last weekend.

The powerhouse will be replaced by fellow England international Jamal Ford-Robinson in the team that faces Sale Sharks at the AJ Bell Stadium on Saturday evening, with Paul Hill returning to the bench.


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Brookes’ absence is the latest blow for Saints, who are already without the likes of George North (knee) and David Ribbans (ankle).

Luther Burrell was another player ruled out of the Sale clash, due to the concussion he sustained against Worcester.


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Rob Horne is serving a one-week suspension, while Charlie Clare (knee), Lewis Ludlam (illness), Christian Day (leg), Jamie Elliott (hamstring) and George Furbank (knee) are also unavailable for selection.

Meanwhile, the club has confirmed that 22-year-old lock Josh Peters, who came through the clubs academy has been released.

Northampton team to play Sale:
15 Harry Mallinder
14 Juan Pablo Estelles
13 Rory Hutchinson
12 Tom Stephenson
11 Ben Foden
10 James Grayson
9 Cobus Reinach
1 Alex Waller
2 Mikey Haywood
3 Jamal Ford-Robinson
4 Michael Paterson
5 Sam Dickinson (capt)
6 Tom Wood
7 Jamie Gibson
8 Teimana Harrison
16 Reece Marshall
17 Francois van Wyk
18 Paul Hill
19 Alex Moon
20 Mitch Eadie
21 Nic Groom
22 Stephen Myler
23 Tom Collins

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