European Challenge Cup
Venue: Parc des Sports Marcel Michelin Date: Sunday, 31 March Kickoff: 18:00 BST
Coverage: Live score updates on BBC local radio and on the BBC Sport website

Courtney Lawes begins for Northampton for the first time since January as they face Clermont Auvergne in the European Challenge Cup Quarter Finals.

The flanker has recovered from a calf injury he picked on England duty and is one of four changes from the side which beat Leicester last Friday.

Lewis Ludlam joins Lawes in the rear row, while club captain Alex Waller comes into the front row.

George Furbank starts at full-back in the only real change in the rear line.

Saints ended second in Pool One, nine points supporting Clermont.

The French side, that are next in the Best 14, won both swimming meetings this season – triumphing 41-20 in Franklin’s Gardens at October and also 48-40 athome at January.

Northampton are aiming to progress in their initial European semi final since 2014, but have nine players sprinkled due to injuries.

Replacements: Ulugia, Kakabadze, Simutoga, Lapandry, Fischer, Laidlaw, Tuicuvu, Grosso.

Northampton: Furbank; Collins, Hutchinson, Francis, Naiyaravoro; Biggar, Biggar, Reinach; Waller (capt), Fish, Hill, Ratuniyarawa, Moon, Lawes, Ludlam, Harrison.

Replacements: Marshall, Van Wyk, Franks, Gibson, Brussow, Mitchell, Tuala, Burrell.

Referee: George Clancy (Ire)


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