- Saints v Tigers in aid of Rob Horne
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On Saturday Twickenham Stadium welcome Northampton Saints and Leicester Tigers in round six of the Gallagher Premiership in aid of former Saint Rob Horne.
The Australian international centre was tragically forced to retire from rugby at the end of last season after sustaining a career-ending injury playing in Saints’ victory over Tigers at Welford Road.
But Horne will now be honoured in this Gallagher Premiership fixture in what will be the first time the two rivals have met at Twickenham since the 2013 Premiership Final.
And while supporters of both sides will come together off the pitch to pay tribute to Horne, on it players will go head-to-head in this fiercely contested local derby.
The fixture will also see several of England’s current internationals in action, as well as future stars of the game.
England captain Dylan Hartley will lead Saints out at Twickenham in a pack that includes fellow internationals Courtney Lawes and Teimana Harrison.
Centre Luther Burrell is another of Saints’ international contingent selected in what promises to be an intriguing midfield contest.
Here are your Saints for The Derby...@drew_kells makes first start, @HarryMal10 back in 15 jersey & @FraserDingwall_ could debut at Twickenham— Northampton Saints | The Derby@Twickenham, 6 Oct (@SaintsRugby) October 5, 2018
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On the opposite side of the pitch the Tigers backline consists of a host of international talent including George Ford, Manu Tuilagi and Jonny May.
And while many of England’s current internationals will look to give their club sides the edge, also looking to make their mark will likely be many future stars of the game.
Northampton full-back Harry Mallinder captained England to glory in the final of the World Rugby U20 Championship in 2016.
Saints scrum half Alex Mitchell was a member of the England U20 side that won the Grand Slam in 2017, and having already played in the Premiership, he is among the replacements on Saturday,.
Two future stars from the England side which reached the final of the World Rugby U20 Championship in June will also look to add to their growing reputations with prop Ehren Painter starting the game and centre Fraser Dingwall in the Saints match day 23.
Coming up against them at some point could be flying winger Jordan Olowofela, another key member of the England U20 squad, along with fellow Tigers Tom Hardwick and prop Joe Heyes who are all on the Tigers bench.
There won’t just be a vast array of English talent on show at HQ with both sides featuring some world stars of the game.
Double World Cup-winning prop Ben Franks will pack into an impressive Northampton front row off the bench, while Wales international Dan Biggar will look to guide Northampton’s back line.
Leicester’s pack includes Scotland forward Dave Denton as well as 82-times capped England prop Dan Cole, as well as Tonga's Sione Kalamafoni.
Last year Northampton claimed a Premiership double over their East Midland rivals for the first time since 2003/04. Here’s their record from the past three seasons.
Jan 2016: Leicester 30-27 Northampton
April 2016: Northampton 24-30 Leicester
Dec 2016: Leicester 19-11 Northampton
March 2017: Northampton 31-36 Leicester
Sept 2017: Northampton 24-11 Leicester
April 2018: Leicester 21-27 Northampton
Support for Horne
To kick-off the fundraising, Northampton Saints will donate £5 on behalf of every season ticket holder, while supporters will have the option to make a contribution as they purchase tickets. Prices start from £20 for adults and £10 for juniors. To purchase tickets please click here.
There will also be a number of fundraising opportunities on the day itself, with donations going towards Rob’s ongoing rehabilitation and ensuring some financial security for him and his family.
Horne pulled on the Black, Green and Gold jersey 21 times last season – scoring eight tries as a Saint and being named the club’s player of the season in the process.
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