an Challenge Cup
Venue: Stade Marcel Michelin Date: Saturday, 12 January Kickoff: 20:00 GMT
Coverage: Commentary on BBC Radio 5 live sports extra and BBC local radio; live scores to the BBC Sport website

England ahead Courtney Lawes direct Northampton to their critical an Challenge Cup game at Clermont.

A triumph for second-placed Saints would keep them in contention for automatic eligibility for the quarter finals.

Lawes joins flanker Heinrich Brussow at the back row, Api Ratuniyarawa partners David Ribbans at the second row while Alex Mitchell and James Fish start at scrum-half and hooker respectively.

Pool leaders Clermont will reach the final eight with a victory.

Their six adjustments include the return of ruler Morgan Parra, as well as Benjamin Kayser, Wesley Fofana and Arthur Iturria.

Former Leicester and back Peter Betham starts at full back while Scotland scrum-half Greig Laidlaw is among their replacements.

Replacements: Ulugia, Uhila, Falatea, Van der Merwe, Chouly, Laidlaw, Fernandez, Lamerat.

Northampton: Tuala; Collins, Dingwall, Burrell, Naiyaravoro; Biggar, Mitchell; Van Wyk, Fish, Painter, Ribbans, Ratuniyarawa, Lawes (capt), Brussow, Harrison.

Replacements: Marshall, Waller, Franks, Wood, Ludlam, Reinach, Grayson, Kellaway.

Referee: John Lacey (Ire)

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