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Sunday 18th January 17:30 GMT


With the prospect of a difficult trip to the Liberty Stadium in Swansea to face the Ospreys on Sunday in a vital European Rugby Champions Cup Pool 5 fixture, the Pool leaders Northampton Saints, will be glad to have their captain Dylan Hartley back after suspension.

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They may also have a further boost with Christian Day, Samu Manoa and Courtney Lawes all making good recovery from injuries that caused them to miss last week's Premiership defeat at Sale Sharks. The Ospreys are defending an unbeaten record at the Liberty Stadium this season, but will have to end a woeful record at the venue against English clubs. They have lost seven and drawn one of the last eight fixtures against Premiership clubs in Swansea. Victory will keep the Welsh Region's hopes alive of sneaking a quarter-final place, as a Pool best runner-up. 

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That run, includes their biggest ever home defeat to an English club, when the Northampton Saints won at the Liberty last January by 17-29. The Saints have a one point advantage over Racing Metro, who will expect to pick up maximum points on Sunday at home to Benetton Treviso from Italy. Which would set up a winner take all contest at Franklin's Gardens next week against the Saints irrespective of how the English outfit's result in Swansea.

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Posted: 18th January 2015

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