Aviva Premiership briefing

  • Last Updated: April 19 2014, 23:48 BST

Team news and statistics ahead of the weekend's Aviva Premiership games, including Newcastle v Saracens on Sunday.

Alex Goode: Returns for Saracens
Alex Goode: Returns for Saracens

Sunday, April 20

Newcastle v Saracens

England full-back Alex Goode returns after concussion for Saracens, while Alistair Hargreaves is fit to return at lock. Richard Wigglesworth and Charlie Hodgson form an experienced half-back duo, but there is no place for England out-half Owen Farrell who picked up a minor foot knock last weekend.

Joel Hodgson makes his first start of the Aviva Premiership season for Newcastle, replacing Rory Clegg in one of seven changes from boss Dean Richards.

Last season: No corresponding fixture

Last Six League Matches: Newcastle L L L L L L; Saracens W W W W W W

Top tryscorers: Noah Cato (Newcastle) 4; David Strettle (Saracens) 10

Top pointscorers: Rory Clegg (Newcastle) 118; Owen Farrell (Saracens) 292

Northampton v London Irish

Samoa scrum-half Kahn Fotuali'i starts for Saints with Phil Dowson and Sam Dickinson the other two changes to Jim Mallinder's men.

Shane Geraghty will captain London Irish against former club Saints, with George Skivington missing out through a back injury. Marland Yarde replaces Topsy Ojo on the wing, after Ojo fractured his jaw in victory against Newcastle last weekend. Alex Lewington replaces James O'Connor who has a hamstring injury.

Last season: Northampton 40 London Irish 14, London Irish 39 Northampton 17

Last six league matches: Northampton W W W L L L; London Irish W L L L L W

Top tryscorers: James Wilson (Northampton) 6; Marland Yarde (London Irish) 4

Top pointscorers: Stephen Myler (Northampton) 239; James O'Connor (London Irish) 100