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International News: Six Saints in England’s matchday squad against the All Blacks

Northampton Saints Players in England’s Squad for First Test Against New Zealand

Six Northampton Saints players have been named in England’s matchday squad for the first test against New Zealand this weekend, showcasing the club’s strong presence in international rugby.

The standout inclusion in the squad is Ollie Sleightholme, the top try scorer of the Gallagher Premiership 2023/24 season, who is poised to make his senior international debut as a replacement in Saturday’s match at Forsyth Barr Stadium in Dunedin.

Joining Sleightholme from Northampton Saints are Alex Mitchell, Tommy Freeman, George Furbank, Fin Smith, and Alex Coles, who add depth and talent to the England squad.

Head coach Steve Borthwick expressed the team’s excitement and readiness to face the challenge of playing against New Zealand on their home turf, highlighting the need for a strong mindset, tactical play, and discipline.

The England team features a mix of experienced players like Maro Itoje, Jamie George, and Ben Earl, alongside rising stars like Sleightholme and Fin Baxter, who is set to make his debut as a replacement.

The match at Forsyth Barr Stadium promises to be a thrilling contest, with the closed roof venue adding to the atmosphere for what is sure to be a fiercely competitive encounter between two rugby powerhouses.

Fans can catch the action live on Sky Sports as England takes on New Zealand in the first test on Saturday, with another match scheduled for the following weekend at Eden Park.

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