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HERO'S WELCOME - Bruce Reihana was back for Paul Diggin's testimonial match

Reihana hails ‘true Saintsman’ Diggin

Bruce Reihana has paid tribute to Paul Diggin, claiming he always knew the Northampton-born winger would be a star at Saints.

ALL SMILES - Paul Diggin relished his testimonial match (Pictures: Kirsty Edmonds)

Diggin finishes with a flourish in testimonial match

It took 10 minutes for him to enter the fray and just a few more for Paul Diggin to ensure his final run-out at Franklin’s Gardens would go the same way as many before.

TRY DOUBLE - George Pisi

Dragons fire to sink Saints with late try double

Two Newport Dragons tries in the final five minutes condemned Saints to a 27-25 defeat in their final pre-season friendly of the summer.

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GEARING UP FOR A NEW SEASON - Alex Corbisiero (Picture: Linda Dawson)

Saints prop Corbisiero hoping for an injury-free campaign

Alex Corbisiero says last season’s double glory justified his decision to swap London Irish for Saints.

PLAYING FAREWELL - Paul Diggin

Diggin gearing up for emotional testimonial appearance

After 148 appearances, 62 tries and myriad memories, Paul Diggin is about to grace the Franklin’s Gardens turf for the final time.

BACK IN BUSINESS - George North gets his first start of the pre-season campaign (Picture: Kirsty Edmonds)

Myler still missing as Saints travel to Dragons

Saints have named close to their strongest possible side for their final pre-season game at Newport-Gwent Dragons on Friday night - but fly-half Stephen Myler will play no part.

READY TO GO - Dylan Hartley and the captains of the other Aviva Premiership clubs pose for the camera at the launch of the new season (Picture: John Walton/PA Wire)

Saints boss Mallinder expecting another tight Premiership season

Saints boss Jim Mallinder is expecting another tight Aviva Premiership title tussle this season.

Christian Day

Day says Saints squad is full of fresh ideas ahead of new season

Christian Day says the ideas have been flowing in the Saints camp as the squad look to improve on last season’s heroics.

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EYEING MORE TROPHIES - Salesi Ma'afu was part of the Saints team that claimed the Amlin Challenge Cup and Aviva Premiership last season (Picture: Linda Dawson)

Happy Ma’afu wants more success with Saints

Salesi Ma’afu admits he is delighted with how his first year at Saints panned out - but wants even more success this season.

Saints director of rugby Jim Mallinder

Saints boss Mallinder says hooker Williams is closing in on playing return

Jim Mallinder is confident Matt Williams will be back in action next month after recovering from a broken leg.

BUSY BOY - Will Hooley started both of Saturday's games (Picture: Kirsty Edmonds)

Slick Packman grabs double as Saints see off Moseley

Howard Packman scored two stylish tries as Saints beat Moseley 42-24 to make it two wins in as many games at Franklin’s Gardens on Saturday.

OVER HE GOES - Luther Burrell runs in for his try in Saints' win over Leinster (Pictures: Kirsty Edmonds)

Saints survive Leinster fightback to claim win

Saints refused to suffer another Leinster fightback as George North’s double helped secure a 33-21 pre-season victory at Franklin’s Gardens.

SETTLING IN - new signing Joel Hodgson chats to Tom Collins during the Saints' media day at Franklin's Gardens on Wednesday (Picture: Kirsty Edmonds)

Hodgson thanks Saints boss Mallinder for keeping the faith

Joel Hodgson has paid tribute to Saints boss Jim Mallinder for agreeing to sign him despite his late-season injury problem.

AIMING TO IMPRESS - Jon Fisher

Fisher gets double chance to impress Saints coach Mallinder

Jon Fisher is set to get another two chances to shine as the trialist has been named in both squads for Saints’ pre-season double-header at Franklin’s Gardens this weekend.

ROLLING OUT THE BIG GUNS - Saints coach Jim Mallinder will give the club's international stars, such as Dylan Hartley and Ben Foden, their first action of pre-season at Franklin's Gardens on Saturday (Picture: Kirsty Edmonds)

Saints boss Mallinder looking forward to ‘perfect’ challenge

Jim Mallinder says Saturday’s Franklin’s Gardens double-header against Leinster and Moseley will provide the ‘perfect’ challenge for Saints.

ON TRIAL - Jon Fisher played for Saints against Rotherham

Saints Fish for new player after suffering Dickinson blow

Jim Mallinder has confirmed Saints No.8 Sam Dickinson will be out for three months after having neck surgery.

SMILE PLEASE - Glenn Dickson, Will Hooley and George North look on as Kahn Fotuali'i has his picture taken during Saints media day at Franklin's Gardens yesterday (Picture: Kirsty Edmonds)

Mallinder sees new Saints signing Hodgson as a scrum-half

Jim Mallinder says Saints will look to utilise new signing Joel Hodgson at scrum-half this season.

Ken Pisi

Settled squad a bonus for Saints winger Pisi

Ken Pisi says he has never been part of the kind of settled squad Saints now have.

ON HIS WAY - Gareth Denman looks to have a bright future at Saints (picture: Linda Dawson)

Saints prop Denman tipped for the top

Rotherham Titans head coach Lee Blackett believes Gareth Denman’s attitude will see him become a big player for Saints in years to come.

CAM DO ATTITUDE - Cam Dolan wants more Saints starts (picture: Dave Ikin)

Dolan desperate for more Saints starts

Cam Dolan is setting his sights on providing a real challenge for the Saints No.8 shirt after getting a taste of Franklin’s Gardens action for the first time.

Teimana Harrison scores Saints' first try against Rotherham (pictures: Dave Ikin)

It’s Christian’s Day as Saints hit back to topple Titans

It was a happy homecoming for Saints as the Aviva Premiership and Amlin Challenge Cup champions began their pre-season campaign with a stirring 33-28 win against Rotherham Titans.

Gareth Denman will face his former club as he starts at tighthead (picture: Linda Dawson)

Dolan handed chance to stake his claim against Rotherham

Cam Dolan will make his first appearance at Franklin’s Gardens in Saints’ clash with Rotherham Titans on Saturday (kick-off 3pm).

Alex King (left) wants Saints to remain unpredictable this season

Unpredictable Saints will keep rivals guessing

Alex King is cooking up a plan to ensure Saints remain unpredictable to their rivals at home and abroad.

Attack coach Alex King says Saints' pre-season games will ensure Saints hit top gear when the Aviva Premiership kicks off next month

Pre-season programme will ensure Saints hit ground running

Alex King believes Saints’ pre-season programme will provide the perfect mix of challenges as they bid to hit the ground running in the Aviva Premiership in September.

Jim Mallinder recognises the importance of a fast start in the European Rugby Champions Cup

Mallinder says Saints need flying start in Champions Cup

Jim Mallinder knows Saints must get off to a slick start when they travel to face Racing Metro in the first round of European Rugby Champions Cup games.

Saints beat Bath to win last season's Amlin Challenge Cup (picture: Linda Dawson)

Saints face Racing Metro in European Rugby Champions Cup opener

Saints will start their first campaign in the European Rugby Champions Cup with a mouthwatering meeting with Racing Metro in Paris on October 18.

Alex King has tipped Cam Dolan and Joel Hodgson to shine at Franklin's Gardens this season (picture: Linda Dawson)

King backs Dolan and Hodgson to shine for Saints

Attack coach Alex King has tipped Cam Dolan and Joel Hodgson to star for Saints this season.

Stephen Myler is one of nine Saints players selected to take part in England's training camp this week (picture: Linda Dawson)

Nine Northampton Saints players selected for England training camp

England head coach Stuart Lancaster has named nine Saints players in his 55-man squad for a four-day training camp in Loughborough this week.

Paul Diggin

Saints Academy coach Diggin ready to deliver more stars

Paul Diggin says watching Saints do the double last season was ‘mega’.

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Jamie Elliott was part of a Saints side that clinched an Aviva Premiership and Amlin Challenge Cup double last season (picture: Linda Dawson)

Diggin a huge fan of ‘amazing’ Elliott

Paul Diggin says Jamie Elliott is one of his favourite Saints players.

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TOUGH NIGHT - Howard Packman was part of a Saints side beaten twice in the Sevens Series finals

Saints slaughtered in Sevens Series finals

Saints endured a dismal night at the Premiership Rugby Sevens Series finals, losing both of their matches and coming home empty-handed.

Howard Packman, Sam Olver and Josh Skelcey will all be involved at The Stoop on Friday night (picture: Linda Dawson)

Olver insists Saints hold no fear of Gloucester ahead of sevens showdown

Sam Olver says Saints will not fear defending champions Gloucester in Friday night’s Premiership Rugby Sevens Series quarter-final at The Stoop.

Howard Packman, Sam Olver and Josh Skelcey will all be involved at The Stoop on Friday night (picture: Linda Dawson)

Northampton Saints unveil 2014/15 home shirt

Saints have gone back to the future with the design of their new home shirt, which was released on Tuesday.

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