Northampton boss Jim Mallinder said there was “no reason” the club would sell France number eight Louis Picamoles at the end of the season
European Rugby Champions Cup play-off semi-final
Venue: Franklin’s Gardens Date: Saturday, 20 May Kick-off: 16:00 BST
Coverage: Live commentary on BBC Radio Northampton and live score updates on the BBC Sport website

Northampton have made two changes for their European Champions Cup play-off semi-final against Connacht at Franklin’s Gardens.

Christian Day and Teimana Harrison both return having missed their final Premiership game against Harlequins.

Niyi Adeolokun, Ultan Dillane and Matt Healy are all back for Connacht, who make seven changes in total.

The winner will face Stade Francais for a place in next season’s Champions Cup next Friday.

Northampton Saints: Tuala; Foden, Tuitavake, Burrell, North; Mallinder, Groom; Waller, Hartley (capt), Brookes, Lawes, Day, Gibson, Harrison, Picamoles.

Replacements: Haywood, Ma’afu, Denman, Ratuniyarawa, Wood, Dickson, Olver, Hutchinson.

Connacht: O’Halloran; Adeolokun, Poolman, Ronaldson, Kelleher; Carty, Marmion; Buckley, Heffernan, Bealham, Roux, Browne, O’Brien, Heenan, Muldoon (capt).

Replacements: Delahunt, Cooney, Carey, Dillane, Dawai, Blade, Cooney, Healy.

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