Two huge derbies are the cherry on top another huge cake of Aviva Premiership Rugby action this weekend as the internationals return.
With England completing their perfect autumn last weekend, a whole host of international stars are set to start for their clubs in Round 10.
Here’s the bits you can’t afford to miss this weekend.
Coventry set for fiery East Mids derby
The East-Midlands derby between Leicester Tigers and Wasps is set to be a cracker and there’s landmark appearances for Jake Cooper-Woolley and Dan Robson.
Cooper-Woolley makes his 100th appearance for the club while Robson will bring up his half-century with England international Elliot Daly starting on the left wing.
Danny Cipriani and Jimmy Gopperth renew their 10/12 partnership against England’s first-choice fly-half George Ford who is straight into the Tigers XV.
Dan Cole, Ellis Genge, and Ben Youngs also return for the Tigers who saw their six-game winning run ended by the Warriors last time out.
– Tigers 5⃣9⃣
– Wasps 3⃣5⃣
– Drawn 0⃣5⃣
Who will claim the win in the century-making fixture? pic.twitter.com/iohlCZu2Tc
— Leicester Tigers (@LeicesterTigers) December 1, 2017
Wasps have beaten Leicester the last four occasions the two sides have come face to face.
Internationals return to Twickenham (Stoop)
Saracens have lost their last two Aviva Premiership Rugby games, to Exeter and Gloucester, and will be desperate to get back to winning ways in this London derby.
The squad has been significantly bolstered with the return of their internationals with Owen Farrell, Sean Maitland both starting in the backs.
In the pack, Mako Vunipola, Jamie George, Nick Isiekwe and Maro Itoje all return.
🃏💫 Harlequins v Saracens this Sunday at The Stoop!
— Harlequins 🃏 (@Harlequins) November 30, 2017
Harlequins have made eight changes to the side that lost to Bath last weekend with Mike Brown, Jamie Roberts and Danny Care coming into the back line.
James Horwill makes his 50th appearance for the club with summer signing Renaldo Bothma set for his debut in a pack which includes Joe Marler, Elia Elia, George Merrick and Chris Robshaw.
Poor run will end for Saints or Falcons
Two teams that have both lost their last four Aviva Premiership Rugby games go head-to-head in the at Franklin’s Gardens on Friday night.
The Saints have not lost five in a row in the league since 2011 but the Falcons have won their last three contests against Friday’s opponents.
The England pair of Courtney Lawes and Dylan Hartley both return to the starting XV for Saints with Alex Waller making his 150th consecutive Premiership appearance.
For Newcastle, Dean Richards makes eight changes with Vereniki Goneva returning from international duty and Fiji and scrum-half Sonatane Takulua is back from his time with Tonga.
“I was scared to take the train until Nili came here!”😂
Watch the full interview with @FalconsRugby‘s Tongan duo tonight…
😇 Saints v Falcons 🦅
📺 BT Sport 1 HD and 4K UHD pic.twitter.com/TwsNW6qmz5
— BT Sport Rugby (@btsportrugby) December 1, 2017
Sharks looking to find bite away from home
By contrast, the Warriors are in fine form having won their last two matches against Northampton Saints and Leicester Tigers.
The Sharks have struggled away from the AJ Bell Stadium in recent months – their last away win was against Bristol back in October 2016.
Sale welcome AJ MacGinty, Byron McGuigan and TJ Ioane back from international duty with Australia international James O’Connor switching to full-back and Marland Yarde missing out.
Number eight David Denton replacing the injured GJ van Velze is the only change to the Warriors side that were so impressive at Welford Road in Round 9.
— Worcester Warriors 🏉 (@WorcsWarriors) December 1, 2017
Bath head to Sandy Park to topple champions
It’s first versus third at Sandy Park with the Chiefs on a fine run having won all of their last eight matches in all competitions and unbeaten at home since a European defeat in December 2016.
Bath though have only lost once in their last nine, to Gloucester in Round 7, and have won five out of six on the road so far in this campaign.
Charlie Ewels, Jonathan Joseph, Semesa Rokoduguni and Anthony Watson all return for Bath to face the reigning Aviva Premiership Rugby champions.
Meanwhile, Rob Baxter rotates his squad with Harry Williams and Sam Simmonds returning but internationals Henry Slade and Tomas Francis are both rested.
— Exeter Chiefs (@ExeterChiefs) December 1, 2017
Elrington set for first start
Harry Elrington will make his first Aviva Premiership Rugby start on Saturday when London Irish travel to Kingsholm looking to inflict a first home defeat of the year on Gloucester.
Scottish international Gordon Reid is named on the bench as he returns from injury with Irish looking for a first away league win since beating London Welsh in February 2015.
The Cherry & Whites name the same starting XV that beat Newcastle in Round 9 but Will Safe comes in for Ed Slater on the bench and Matt Scott returns from his ankle injury.
Return Of The Matt
— Gloucester Rugby (@gloucesterrugby) December 1, 2017
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