Injury Woes Hit Northampton Saints Ahead of Champions Cup Semi-final

Northampton Saints face a significant setback ahead of their Investec Champions Cup semi-final clash against Leinster as captain Lewis Ludlam will be sidelined due to a shoulder injury. Flanker Courtney Lawes steps in as skipper in front of an anticipated crowd of over 82,000 at Croke Park, where Leinster hosts the highly anticipated match.

Ollie Sleightholme’s absence, owing to a concussion, further complicates Northampton’s lineup. Sam Graham shifts to openside flanker, while Juarno Augustus takes up the number eight position, aiming to bolster the Saints’ lineup following their recent defeat to Harlequins.

Northampton’s usual starting winger, Sleightholme, will be missed after his impactful performance, including a try, in their quarter-final victory over the Bulls. Nevertheless, England’s George Furbank adds excitement to the back three alongside James Ramm and the returning George Hendy.

Tommy Freeman, notable for his contributions during the Six Nations, partners with Fraser Dingwall in the midfield, offering a formidable combination against Leinster’s defense.

Meanwhile, Leinster, facing their own injury concerns with Garry Ringrose and Hugo Keenan absent, banks on Ciaran Frawley and Jamie Osborne’s stellar performances. Caelan Doris leads the side from number eight in the absence of co-captains James Ryan and Ringrose.

Despite Northampton and Leinster’s flawless records in the competition, with convincing wins in the quarter-finals, Northampton faces a historical challenge, having secured just one victory in their last 10 encounters against Leinster.

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