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With Christmas this weekend teams are getting an early start with a big slate of matches on Friday. A few will play on Christmas Eve and then even more on Boxing Day. It's a little to early to know who is playing for some of the teams over the weekend but we do know those with earlier matches. AJ MacGinty has become the go-to fly-half for Sale and will man the helm once again as they play Northampton on Friday. Down in France, Samu Manoa is on the bench for Toulon. Taku Ngwenya has firmly cemented his place in the Brive line-up with yet another start.
Others expected to play over the weekend include a tasty American match between Saracens and Newcastle. Thretton Palamo may also see time with Bristol while Blaine Scully and Cam Dolan might do the same for Cardiff. Players that won't be playing include those in the National League One and the Pro D2 who have the weekend off.
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Chris Wyles, Titi Lamositele, and Saracens play Nick Civetta, Paddy Ryan, and Newcastle on Saturday.
AJ MacGinty will start for Sale as they play Northampton on Friday.
Thretton Palamo and Bristol play Joe Taufete'e and Worcester on Monday.
Greg Peterson, Langilangi Haupeakui, and Glasgow play Edinburgh on Monday.
Callum Black is on the bench for Ulster as they play Connacht on Friday.
Sam Underhill and the Ospreys play the Scarlets on Tuesday. He's also likely to play for England or Wales before the Eagles.
Blaine Scully, Cam Dolan, Cardiff play the Dragons on Monday.
British & Irish Cup
Ronnie McLean, Tom Bliss, and Richmond play London Irish on Saturday.
National League 1
Hayden Smith and Esher have the weekend off.
Robbie Shaw and Hartpury have the weekend off.
Conor Kearns plays with Oxford University.
Ollie Drew plays with Bournemouth University.
Louis Mulholland plays with Bath University and occasionally with Cheshunt.
Dan Hostetler plays with Cardiff University.
Devin Ibanez plays with Scarborough.
All Ireland League
Pierce Dargan, Jesse Milne, Will Sims, Oisin Brady, and Ian Kinsley, and Trinity have the weekend off.
Dino Waldren and Blackrock have the weekend off.
Jess Wooden, Kimber Rozier, and Aylesford have the weekend off.
Samu Manoa is on the bench for Toulon as they play Gagi Bazadze and Montpellier on Friday. Bazadze isn't in the line-up for Montpellier.
Taku Ngwenya will start for Brive as they play Lyon on Friday.
Christian Ostberg and Aurillac have the weekend off.
Eric Fry and Vannes have the weekend off.
Dave Ryan and Agen have the weekend off.
David Tameilau and Narbonne have the weekend off.
Victor Camptat plays for the Brive Reserves.
Mose Fualaau plays for the Clermont Academy.
Inaki Basauri plays for Stade Nantais.
Mitre 10 Cup
Chris Baumann and Wellington have finished their season.
Toni Pulu and Counties Manukau have finished their season.
Tony Lamborn and Hawke's Bay have finished their season.
Pasqualle Dunn and Auckland have finished their season.
Michelle Wong is training and playing with Sydenham.
Steven Knight is training in the Southland system.
National Rugby Championship
James Hilterbrand and the North Harbour Rays have finished their season.
Marcel Brache and the Perth Spirit have finished their season.
Marcel Brache and the Western Force have finished their season. Will Magie is also training with the team.
Chris Coyle is a part of the Brumbies training squad.
Chris Chapman and Sydney University have finished their season.
James King and Moorabbin have finished their season.
Andrew Durutalo and the Sunwolves have finished their season.
BC Premier League
Graham Harriman and James Bay have the weekend off.