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Wood: We are all hurting as much as the Saints supporters

Tom Wood has told the Saints supporters that the players are hurting just as much as they are.

Jim Mallinder saw Saints suffer a huge defeat at Stade Pierre Antoine (picture: Sharon Lucey)

Castres 41 Northampton Saints 7: Tom Vickers’ review and player ratings

Saints have suffered some big defeats in Europe during recent years, but none as bad as this.

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Jim Mallinder (picture: Sharon Lucey)

Mallinder confident Saints can turn it around after Castres thrashing

Jim Mallinder admitted Saints were ‘chasing shadows’ in their Champions Cup thrashing at Castres on Saturday afternoon.

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Saints were thrashed at Stade Pierre Antoine (picture: Sharon Lucey)

Saints crushed by Castres in Champions Cup horror show

Saints endured a Champions Cup shocker as Castres took them to pieces in the Stade Pierre Antoine sunshine.

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Nic Groom is enjoying life at Saints (picture: Kirsty Edmonds)

Groom promises Saints supporters he will only get better

Nic Groom says he has yet to have ‘the perfect game’ for Saints.

Alex King (left) and Alan Dickens (right) were part of the Saints coaching staff for the 2014 Amlin Challenge Cup triumph (picture: Linda Dawson)

Dickens not fazed by dual role at Saints after King exit

Alan Dickens insists he is not fazed by his dual role at Saints.

Ken Pisi of Northampton attempts to get between Antoine Claasen (left) and Rory Kockott  of Castres  in the meeting betweem the sides in 2013

Tom Vickers’ Castres v Northampton Saints preview

Fixture: Castres v Northampton Saints (Champions Cup Pool 4 - game two)

Dylan Hartley hasn't played for Saints since the win at Bristol on September 11

Hartley returns to boost Saints for Castres Champions Cup clash

Dylan Hartley makes his long-awaited return from injury when Saints take on Castres in the Champions Cup on Saturday (ko 3.15pm).

Tom Wood is hoping to steer Saints to victory against Castres (picture: Sharon Lucey)

Saints must box clever to beat Castres, says Wood

Tom Wood says Saints must ‘box clever’ in Saturday’s clash with Castres.

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Mike Haywood (picture: Kirsty Edmonds)

Haywood hoping Saints can summon spirit of 2011 at Castres

Mike Haywood is hoping Saints can put previous Castres disappointments behind them when they head to Stade Pierre Antoine on Saturday.

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Alan Dickens knows Rory Kockott will be a real threat for Castres (picture: Sharon Lucey)

Saints coach Dickens picks out South-Africa born star as Castres’ danger man

Assistant coach Alan Dickens has highlighted scrum-half Rory Kockott as a man Saints must be wary of when they travel to Castres on Saturday.

James Wilson made his return to first-team action last Saturday (picture: Kirsty Edmonds)

Wilson so happy to be a fans’ favourite at Saints

One of the biggest cheers at Franklin’s Gardens last weekend was reserved for the introduction of one of Saints’ most popular squad members.

Luther Burrell returned to action at Harlequins but missed the match against Montpellier (picture: Sharon Lucey)

Burrell set to miss Saints’ clash with Castres after concussion setback

Luther Burrell is set to miss Saints’ game at Castres on Saturday after suffering a concussion setback.

Tom Wood (picture: Sharon Lucey)

Wood wants Saints to kick on at Castres

Tom Wood says Saints’ victory against Montpellier was vital in the bid to keep belief high in the camp.

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Courtney Lawes missed the clash with Montpellier due to a knee problem (picture: Kirsty Edmonds)

Saints boss Mallinder hopes to welcome trio back for Castres clash

Jim Mallinder expects to welcome back Courtney Lawes, Dylan Hartley and Christian Day for Saturday’s clash with Castres at Stade Pierre Antoine.

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Tom Wood helped Saints to battle past Montpellier (picture: Kirsty Edmonds)

Saints skipper Wood: We all have to take responsiblity for King’s exit

Tom Wood admits Alex King’s Saints exit is ‘brutal’ - and the skipper says the players must shoulder some of the blame.

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Louis Picamoles was superb for Saints once again (pictures: Kirsty Edmonds)

Northampton Saints 16 Montpellier 14: Tom Vickers’ review and player ratings

Cometh the hour, cometh ‘The Iceman’.

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Alex King has left Saints (picture: Sharon Lucey)

Mallinder praises King but hopes change will bring success back to Saints

Jim Mallinder has hailed Alex King as a ‘fantastic lad’ - but is hoping the change to the Saints coaching setup will help bring success back to the club.

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Stephen Myler was mobbed by his team-mates after landing the match-winning kick (pictures: Kirsty Edmonds)

Myler holds his nerve as Saints edge past Montpellier

Stephen Myler once again landed a nerveless last-gasp penalty to secure a priceless win for Saints against Montpellier in the Champions Cup opener at Franklin’s Gardens.

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Jim Mallinder (picture: Kirsty Edmonds)

Myler’s match-winning kick never in doubt, says Saints boss Mallinder

Jim Mallinder says he never had any doubt that Stephen Myler would land the match-winning kick for Saints against Montpellier.

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