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Its preseason everywhere in professional rugby, except in France. The French Top 14 kicks off its long season Saturday, and Scott Lavalla is on the bench for Stade Francais' clash with Castres.
The big news of the weekend is Cam Dolan starting at No. 8 in Northampton's preseason-opening match against Rotherham. Dolan's only ever time pulling on the Northampton jersey was in the club's winning effort at the Bury St. Edmunds 7s in May.
Tai Tuisamoa is also starting in his debut with the London Scottish. The OMBAC man is opening his pro career wearing No. 4 for the Scottish in their preseason primer against Saracens.