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Exeter Chiefs ring changes for Northampton Saints encounter

By Western Morning News  |  Posted: January 05, 2013

Ali Hepher (Exeter Chiefs)

Ali Hepher (Exeter Chiefs)

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Exeter Chiefs assistant coach Ali Hepher expects his full squad to be utilised over the coming weeks, with his side showing six changes for today's Aviva Premiership game with Northampton Saints.

The Devon outfit have been forced to alter the line-up that drew with Bath at Sandy Park last weekend. Prop Brett Sturgess broke his arm in that game and will be replaced by Ben Moon.

Hooker Neil Clark also starts in place of Simon Alcott. Other changes to the pack see Tom Johnson and Ben White recalled in the back-row, while James Hanks steps up to partner Dean Mumm in the Exeter engine room. Behind, the solitary change sees Ian Whitten brought into the midfield in place of Jason Shoemark.

After today's game, the Chiefs face Heineken Cup fixtures against Clermont Auvergne and Leinster before LV= Cup matches against Bath and Saints.

Hepher said: "We've got a strong squad and we have managed to use a lot of those guys throughout the season and no one has let us down.

"Certainly, in terms of the squad, we don't lose too much at all when someone goes down injured. The priority for us is the Premiership and that is our full focus at the moment. Equally, the squad will be used over the next few weeks with regards to the Heineken Cup and then the LV= Cup."

On the bench, there is a first Premiership involvement for hooker Jack Yeandle, Welsh international Craig Mitchell returns for the first time since rupturing his bicep in September, and Fijian Sireli Naqelevuki is also included.

Exeter Chiefs: Arscott; Camacho, Whitten, Dollman, Jess; Steenson, Thomas; Moon, Clark, Tui; Mumm, Hanks; Johnson, White, Baxter (capt). Replacements: Yeandle, Rimmer, Mitchell, Hayes, Muldowney, Barrett, Mieres, Naqelevuki.

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