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Northampton Saints v Saracens, Guinness Premiership, Franklin's Gardens, Saturday April 24, 2010 Picture: Linda Dawson

Former Northampton Saints hero calls time on his career after knee injury

Former Northampton Saints hero Bruce Reihana has called time on his rugby career after failing to receive a contract offer from Bordeaux Begles.

BRUISE BROTHERS - Samu Manoa and Courtney Lawes put in some big hits for Saints against Saracens (Pictures: Linda Dawson)

Lawes happy to have fellow big-hitter Manoa back at Saints

Saints lock Courtney Lawes is revelling in his reunion with fellow ‘bruise brother’ Samu Manoa.

DAY OFF - Christian Day (left) could be rested for Saints' game against London Irish (Picture: Linda Dawson)

Saints lock Christian set to get Day off against Irish

Jim Mallinder says he may take the opportunity to rest Christian Day against London Irish this weekend.

READY FOR FIGHT FOR HIS SHIRT - Saints prop Alex Waller (Picture: Linda Dawson)

Prop Waller ready to renew rivalry with Corbisiero for Saints shirt

Alex Waller has praised Alex Corbisiero for fighting back from injury and is looking forward to renewing his friendly rivalry with the England prop.

WARNING - Tom Wood says Saints have to quickly regain their form (Picture: Linda Dawson)

Wood admits Saints ‘running out of time’ to regain top form

Tom Wood insists Saints must turn their fortunes around quickly if they are to secure some silverware this season.

SETBACK - Luther Burrell finds himself outnumbered during Sunday's defeat at the hands of Saracens (Picture: Linda Dawson)

Burrell says Saints have to concentrate on ‘getting the game plan right’

Luther Burrell says Saints must ensure they enjoy a ‘solid’ final six weeks of the season as they bid to bounce back from a tough run in the Aviva Premiership.

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ON THE WAY BACK - Alex Corbisiero (Picture: Linda Dawson)

Prop Corbisiero is closing in on Saints return

Jim Mallinder says he expects England prop Alex Corbisiero to return in time for Saints’ game at Bath on May 2.

TOUGH VIEWING - Alex King (left), Jim Mallinder (centre) and Dorian West watch Saints struggle in the defeat at Saracens on Sunday (Picture: Linda Dawson)

Tom Vickers’ Saracens v Northampton Saints view and player ratings

On the day of the London Marathon, Saints were once again reminded that a season is far from a sprint.

HAPPY MAN - Mark McCall was all smiles after Saracens' win against Saints (Picture: Linda Dawson)

Saints showing one of our best, says Saracens boss McCall

Saracens boss Mark McCall says his side’s performance against Saints was ‘as good as we’ve played all season’.

Jim Mallinder will be hoping to guide Saints to the Amlin Challenge Cup final

Saints boss Mallinder won’t fret after Saracens loss

Jim Mallinder is refusing to get too concerned about Saints’ current Aviva Premiership losing streak after they fell to defeat at Saracens on Sunday.

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POWER PACK - Saints celebrate their penalty try at Allianz Park (Pictures: Linda Dawson)

Stirring fightback fails to yield victory for Saints at Saracens

A stirring fightback was only enough for a losing bonus point as Saints suffered a 28-24 defeat at Aviva Premiership leaders Saracens.

ON THE CHARGE - George North is determined to claim some silverware with Saints (Picture: Linda Dawson)

North aims to add Saints silverware to his list of achievements

He may have been part of a Six Nations-winning side and a successful Lions tour – but George North has yet to win a major club trophy.

WINNING STREAK - Saints celebrate one of George Pisi's three tries in the most recent success against Saracens (Picture: Linda Dawson)

Tom Vickers’ Saracens v Northampton Saints preview

Saints’ last venture into Aviva Premiership action came against a side they just can’t seem to beat, but this weekend it is Jim Mallinder’s men who hold the mental edge.

EYES ON THE PRIZE - Calum Clark knows what it takes to win at Saracens (Picture: Linda Dawson)

Clark; Saints must reproduce semi-final showing at Saracens

Calum Clark insists Saints must reproduce the performance that saw them shoot down Saracens in last May’s Aviva Premiership play-off semi-final if they are to win at Allianz Park on Sunday.

MIDDLE MAN - Matt Williams (centre) has moved to hooker since joining Saints (Picture: Linda Dawson)

Saints Q&A: Matt Williams

Matt Williams might have been an unknown quantity at Saints at the beginning of this season, but, slowly but surely, he’s making a name for himself at Franklin’s Gardens.

HE'S BACK - Stephen Myler returns for Saints' game at Saracens (Picture: Linda Dawson)

Myler returns for Saints’ clash with Saracens

Stephen Myler returns from injury for Saints’ top-of-the-table Aviva Premiership showdown at Saracens on Sunday (kick-off 2pm).

ALL SMILES - Allan Robson is happy with the new European club rugby agreement (Picture: Sharon Lucey)

Saints CEO Robson hails new European club rugby agreement

Saints chief executive Allan Robson says the new European club rugby agreement is a ‘massive positive’.

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ALL CHANGE - this year's Heineken Cup Final in Cardiff will be the last

Saints set for Champions Cup after European club rugby row is resolved

Saints will be playing in the new Champions Cup next season after the two-year disagreement over the future of European club rugby was resolved.

ALL SET - George North is ready for Saints' top-of-the-table clash with Saracens (Picture: Linda Dawson)

North: Saints and Saracens are so similar

George North says Saracens are an ‘exceptional team’ and believes there are plenty of similarities between the Barnet-based side and Saints.

Luther Burrell (picture: Linda Dawson)

Care hails ‘outstanding’ Burrell for Six Nations heroics

Danny Care has hailed the ‘outstanding’ Luther Burrell – and says he is delighted to see his fellow Yorkshireman excelling on the big stage.

Salesi Maafu

Saints’ comings and goings strange for Salesi

Salesi Ma’afu says he’s never experienced anything like the recent comings and goings at Saints.

POSITIVE NEWS - Stephen Myler is expected to return for Saints' clash with Saracens (Picture: Linda Dawson)

Myler set to be fit for Saints’ clash with Saracens

Stephen Myler is expected to be fit for Saints’ Aviva Premiership trip to Saracens on Sunday.

PUTTING PRESSURE ON - Ben Nutley is ready to challenge for a regular starting spot (Picture: Steven Eaton)

Nutley: Senior Saints stars now looking over their shoulders

Ben Nutley believes some of Saints’ first-team stars will now be looking over their shoulders ahead of the trip to Saracens on Sunday.

HELPING HAND - Ben Nutley comforts Dom Waldouck after the centre suffered a painful injury at Sale (Picture: Linda Dawson)

Saints boss Mallinder hopeful on Waldouck injury

Jim Mallinder has bemoaned Dom Waldouck’s ‘unbelievable’ bad luck after the centre suffered an injury at Sale on Thursday night.

BIG PERFORMANCE - Ethan Waller starred for Saints against Sale (Picture: Linda Dawson)

Waller happy to have restored Saints’ feelgood factor

Ethan Waller says it was good to help Saints get back to winning ways at Sale on Thursday night.

RENEWAL OF RIVALRIES - Saints will meet Harlequins in the Amlin Challenge Cup semi-finals (Picture: Linda Dawson)

Saints to host Harlequins in Amlin Challenge Cup semi-finals

Saints will host Harlequins in the semi-finals of the Amlin Challenge Cup.

SLICK MOVE - Ken Pisi's chip ahead was part of a stunning Saints try against Sale (Pictures: Linda Dawson/Steven Eaton)

Tom Vickers’ Sale Sharks v Northampton Saints ratings and review

It might have been a tie that had all the glitz and glamour of dinner at a greasy spoon, but Saints didn’t waste the chance to fill their bellies at Sale.

NOT HAPPY - Sale Sharks coach Steve Diamond (Picture: Linda Dawson)

Diamond dismayed as Sale Sharks are outclassed by Saints

Sale Sharks boss Steve Diamond says some of his players showed their true colours in Thursday night’s 28-14 defeat to Saints.

WARM WEATHER BREAK - Jim Mallinder is taking the Saints squad to Lanzarote (Picture: Steven Eaton)

Busy Saints jet off to Lanzarote for sunshine break

Saints are jetting off on a warm weather break as they bid to recharge the batteries ahead of a testing run in.

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TRY DELIGHT - the Saints players celebrate Ben Foden's try in the win over Sale (Picutres: Linda Dawson)

Boss Mallinder delighted with Saints’ young guns

Jim Mallinder hailed the ‘energy and enthusiasm’ of his young guns as Saints got back to winning ways with an Amlin Challenge Cup quarter-final success at Sale.

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ON THE ATTACK - James Wilson takes on the Sale defence during Saints' win (Pictures: Linda Dawson)

Saints’ first-half blitz sinks shell-shocked Sale

A ruthless first-half showing helped Saints cruise past Sale 28-14 to secure a place in the semi-finals of the Amlin Challenge Cup.

Dylan Hartley is treated after suffering a shoulder injury in last Saturday's defeat to Leicester (picture: Linda Dawson)

Saints skipper Hartley in battle to save his season

Dylan Hartley will be out for the next few weeks – but Saints are confident their skipper still has a part to play this season.

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BIG CHANGES - Saints boss Jim Mallinder has made 12 changes from the team that lost to Leicester in the Premiership last weekend (picture: Linda Dawson)

Tom Vickers’ Sale Sharks v Northampton Saints preview

While Sky Sports ramps up the Heineken Cup coverage this week, the tournament’s lesser sibling comes back to life in Salford on Thursday night.

RESTED - Luther Burrell and George North will play no part for Saints at Sale (Picture: Linda Dawson)

Saints opt to rest international stars against Sale

Saints have opted to rest five of their six Six Nations stars for the Amlin Challenge Cup quarter-final at Sale on Thursday night.

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TEAMWORK - Kahn Fotuali'i and Lee Dickson are both shining at scrum-half for Saints (Picture: Linda Dawson)

Dickson believes scrum-half rotation is the right way for Saints

Lee Dickson believes Saints’ scrum-half rotation policy will pay dividends as the race for silverware continues to hot up.

RALLYING CALL - Phil Dowson (Picture: Linda Dawson)

Dowson: Saints must stick together

Phil Dowson has urged the Saints players to stick together as they bid to end a run of three successive defeats.

DIFFICULT DAY - Will Hooley landed one kick, but missed three as Saints lost to Leicester (Picture: Linda Dawson)

Lawes backs fellow Saint Hooley to come back strong

Courtney Lawes says Will Hooley has got ‘all the potential in the world’ and feels Saturday’s difficult east midlands derby experience will make the young fly-half stronger.

IN THE THICK OF IT - Wayne Barnes was at the centre of more east midlands derby controversy (Picture: Linda Dawson)

Tom Vickers’ Northampton Saints v Leicester Tigers review and player ratings

Another east midlands derby, another redefinition of the word controversy and, most importantly, another winless afternoon for Saints.

CLAIM - Tom Youngs said he had been bitten by a Saints player during Saturday's game at Franklin's Gardens (Picture: Linda Dawson)

RFU decide against action after biting claim in Saints’ derby defeat

No disciplinary action will be taken following a claim from Leicester hooker Tom Youngs that he was bitten by a Saints player in Saturday’s east midlands derby at Franklin’s Gardens.

INJURY CONCERN - Dylan Hartley was forced off the field in the first half of Saturday's defeat to Leicester with a shoulder problem (Picture: Linda Dawson)

Saints boss Mallinder hopeful Hartley injury is not serious

Jim Mallinder is hopeful that the shoulder injury Dylan Hartley picked up against Leicester won’t rule the Saints skipper out for a prolonged period.

SATISFIED - Leicester boss Richard Cockerill says his side were worthy winners against Saints on Saturday (Picture: Linda Dawson)

Cockerill says Tigers deserved their derby success against Saints

Leicester Tigers boss Richard Cockerill felt his side were fully deserving of their derby-day victory at Saints.

NOT HAPPY - Tigers coach Richard Cockerill claims his hooker Tom Youngs was bitten in the win at Saints

Saints to investigate ‘biting’ claims during Tigers defeat

Saints director of rugby Jim Mallinder confirmed the club will investigate claims by Tigers hooker Tom Youngs that he was bitten during the 22-16 Aviva Premiership win at Franklin’s Garden’s

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Ethan Waller scores a try against Leicester at Franklin's Gardens (pictures: Linda Dawson)

Mallinder angry as Saints slip to third straight defeat

Saints boss Jim Mallinder expressed his anger at referee Wayne Barnes after Saints suffered a 22-16 defeat to local rivals Leicester Tigers at Franklin’s Gardens.

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George North shows his dismay after Saints' dramatic defeat to Leicester (pictures: Linda Dawson)

Mallinder says referee Barnes ended game prematurely

Jim Mallinder admitted his disappointment with Wayne Barnes, feeling the referee ended Saints’ defeat to Leicester prematurely.

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CONFIDENT - Saints attack coach Alex King (Picture: Linda Dawson)

Attack coach King confident Saints can tame Tigers at the Gardens

Alex King is upbeat about Saints’ chances of adding Leicester to their list of Franklin’s Gardens victims on Saturday.

ANOTHER DEFEAT - Saints were beaten by Leicester in the Aviva Premiership Final at Twickenham in May

Tom Vickers’ Northampton Saints v Leicester Tigers preview

Talent? Tick. Experience? Tick. Partisan home crowd? Tick. Belief? To be confirmed.

STILL MISSING - Stephen Myler is out of the derby against Leicester with a hamstring problem (Picture: Linda Dawson)

Myler misses out again as Saints make three changes for Leicester derby date

Stephen Myler has been ruled out of Saturday’s east midlands derby against Leicester Tigers at Franklin’s Gardens.

APPEAL FOR COOL HEADS - Tom Wood (Picture: Linda Dawson)

Wood says Saints have to keep cool in east midlands derby cauldron video

Tom Wood says Saints must control their emotions in the game he labels ‘the biggest on the calendar’.

WARNING - Tom Wood says Saints have got to stay on the right side of referee Wayne Barnes (Picture: Linda Dawson)

Wood: Saints must get on the right side of referee Barnes

Tom Wood says Saints must do everything they can to get referee Wayne Barnes onside in Saturday’s mouthwatering east midlands derby.

CONFIDENT - Saints backs coach Alex King (Picture: Fatima Mirzai)

Coach King says Saints players ‘back on the same page’ ahead of Tigers showdown

Alex King says it is good to have everyone back on the same page after a transitional couple of weeks at Saints.

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