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Jon Fisher wants Saints to show their Aviva Premiership stamina (picture: Kirsty Edmonds)

Fisher hoping Saints can be last team standing

“It’s almost like the last man standing wins this league.”

Alex Day is leaving Saints to join Cornish Pirates (picture: Sharon Lucey)

Day leaves Saints to link up with Cornish Pirates

Scrum-half Alex Day has left Saints to join Championship side Cornish Pirates.

Luther Burrell wants to be a leader for Saints (picture: Kirsty Edmonds)

Burrell ready to be one of Saints’ leaders

After two miserable defeats in as many weeks, Saints need their leaders to stand up and be counted.

Saints director of rugby Jim Mallinder

Mallinder says new signing Hill is a ‘tremendous prospect’

Boss Jim Mallinder believes Saints’ latest new signing Paul Hill is ‘a tremendous prospect’.

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Courtney Lawes is set to return for Saints against Saracens (picture: Sharon Lucey)

Lawes set to make Saints return against Saracens

Jim Mallinder has confirmed Courtney Lawes will be fit in time to face Saracens at stadium:mk next Saturday.

Luther Burrell (picture: Kirsty Edmonds)

Burrell ready for Saints’ tricky run-in

Luther Burrell admits Saints’ run-in couldn’t be much tougher.

Saints director of rugby Jim Mallinder

Saints sign South African centre Pat Howard

Saints have further strengthened their squad for next season with the signing of Western Province centre Pat Howard.

Jim Mallinder saw Saints lose 21-10 at Exeter's Sandy Park on Sunday (picture: Kirsty Edmonds)

Mallinder: Recent defeats can fuel Saints’ bid for silverware

Jim Mallinder is hopeful that the misery Saints have felt during the past two weeks will inspire them in their pursuit of Aviva Premiership glory.

Saints endured a tough day at Exeter (pictures: Kirsty Edmonds)

Exeter Chiefs 21 Northampton Saints 10: Tom Vickers’ review and player ratings

So as it transpired Sandy Park is not the place to go when you are seeking solace.

Jim Mallinder (picture: Kirsty Edmonds)

Lack of patience cost us, says Saints boss Mallinder

Jim Mallinder refused to blame a European hangover for Saints’ defeat at Sandy Park.

James Wilson scored for Saints in the first half (picture: Kirsty Edmonds)

Saints made to suffer again as Exeter secure big win

Saints suffered their second crushing defeat in as many weeks as Exeter piled on the agony with a 21-10 win at Sandy Park.

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Saints skipper Dylan Hartley

Saints skipper Hartley confident Clermont defeat will spark reaction at Exeter

If Saints fans are desperate for a dose of optimism after last Saturday’s collapse at Clermont, they can extract some solace from history as they head for Sandy Park.

Dorian West (picture: Sharon Lucey)

West happy with Saints’ reaction ahead of Exeter showdown

Dorian West says he is ‘really pleased’ with the way Saints have dealt with their Champions Cup drubbing at Clermont Auvergne.

George North was knocked unconscious after scoring this try against Wasps (picture: Dave Ikin)

Hughes has red card for incident involving Saints star North dismissed on appeal

Nathan Hughes has seen the red card he received for the incident that left George North unconscious dismissed on appeal.

George Pisi helped Saints bounce back by beating Ulster in Belfast in December, 2012

Tom Vickers’ Exeter Chiefs v Northampton Saints preview

Fixture: Exeter Chiefs v Northampton Saints (Aviva Premiership - round 19)

Gareth Denman comes in for Salesi Ma'afu (picture: Kirsty Edmonds)

Lawes and Ma’afu miss Saints’ trip to Exeter

Courtney Lawes and Salesi Ma’afu both miss Saints’ Aviva Premiership trip to Exeter Chiefs on Sunday.

Ken Pisi (picture: Sharon Lucey)

Saints’ single-minded approach can bring success, says Pisi

Ken Pisi believes a single-minded approach will enhance Saints’ chances of retaining their Aviva Premiership crown.

Courtney Lawes is a doubt for Sunday's game at Exeter (picture: Sharon Lucey)

Saints to make late decision on England duo ahead of Exeter clash

Dorian West says Saints will leave it late to decide whether to select Alex Corbisiero and Courtney Lawes for Sunday’s game at Exeter Chiefs.

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Will Hooley will join Exeter in the summer after agreeing a deal until 2017 (picture: Sharon Lucey)

Saints fly-half Hooley agrees to join Exeter Chiefs

Saints fly-half Will Hooley will join Exeter in the summer after agreeing a two-year deal at Sandy Park.

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Exeter Chiefs scrapped their way to a 24-18 win at Saints in November (picture: Kirsty Edmonds)

Francis warns Saints that Exeter are ready for a fight

Exeter Chiefs prop Tomas Francis believes Saints will be ‘looking for a fight’ at Sandy Park on Sunday.

Jim Mallinder is urging improvement (picture: Linda Dawson)

Boss Mallinder rallies his Saints troops

Jim Mallinder has issued a rallying call to his Saints players ahead of Sunday’s trip to Sandy Park.

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George Pisi hit a century of Saints appearances in the defeat at Clermont (picture: Sharon Lucey)

George humbled by his Saints hundred

George Pisi admits his 100th appearance in Saints colours was a ‘very humbling experience’.

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Calum Clark (picture: Sharon Lucey)

Clermont Auvergne 37 Northampton Saints 5: Tom Vickers’ review and player ratings

Saints headed to Stade Marcel Michelin hoping to produce one of their greatest performances of recent times - but what they delivered was one of their worst.

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Alex Corbisiero's injury is not serious, according to Saints boss Jim Mallinder (picture: Sharon Lucey)

Mixed news for Saints after England duo are withdrawn at Clermont

Jim Mallinder has revealed Courtney Lawes was withdrawn at half-time at Clermont Auvergne because of a shoulder injury.

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Dylan Hartley

Saints skipper Hartley: We were steamrollered

Dylan Hartley admits Saints were ‘steamrollered’ by Clermont Auvergne at Stade Marcel Michelin on Saturday evening.

Saints boss Jim Mallinder

Clermont defeat one of our worst, admits Saints boss Mallinder

Jim Mallinder admitted it was one of his worst nights in charge of Saints as Clermont crushed his men 37-5 at Stade Marcel Michelin.

Stephen Myler

Impressive Clermont shatter Saints’ European dreams

Clermont Auvergne dished out a savage 37-5 beating as shell-shocked Saints bowed out of the Champions Cup in ear-splitting noise at Stade Marcel Michelin.

Dylan Hartley insists Saints are not daunted by their Clermont challenge (picture: Sharon Lucey)

Hartley: Saints won’t be intimidated by Clermont Auvergne

Dylan Hartley has stressed that Saints will not be intimidated by Clermont Auvergne.

Jamie Elliott replaces George North in Saints' starting 15 at Clermont (picture: Kirsty Edmonds)

Saints boss Mallinder backing Elliott to fill North’s boots

Jim Mallinder has backed Jamie Elliott to ensure Saints don’t miss George North in their Champions Cup quarter-final at Clermont on Saturday.

Calum Clark and Saints celebrated a stunning win at Leinster in December, 2013

Tom Vickers’ Clermont Auvergne v Northampton Saints preview

Fixture: Clermont Auvergne v Northampton Saints (Champions Cup quarter-final)

Former Clermont centre George Pisi will make his 100th Saints appearance at Stade Marcel Michelin (picture: Sharon Lucey)

Elliott gets the nod as Saints head to Clermont without North

Jamie Elliott will step into void left by George North as Saints seek to secure a Champions Cup quarter-final win Clermont Auvergne on Saturday.

Samu Manoa and Dylan Hartley have been highlighted as key men by a French newspaper (picture: Sharon Lucey)

Saints’ Clermont mission is not impossible, says French rugby expert

Clermont Auvergne are one of the most formidable sides in this season’s Champions Cup.

SPELL ON THE SIDELINES - George North

Saints winger North to be rested from rugby for four weeks

George North is to be rested from playing rugby for a month.

Former Saints coach Ian McGeechan (right) claimed England duo Dylan Hartley and Lee Dickson intimidated the referee against Wasps

Saints boss Mallinder issues response to McGeechan criticism

Jim Mallinder has issued a response to Ian McGeechan’s comments about Saints’ conduct towards referee Craig Maxwell-Keys in last Friday’s win against Wasps.

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FIT FOR FRENCH TEST - George Pisi has been declared fit for this weekend, despite breaking a finger in last Friday's win over Wasps

Triple boost as Pisi, Burrell and Day declared fit for French trip

Jim Mallinder says Luther Burrell, Christian Day and George Pisi will be fit to face Clermont Auvergne on Saturday.

George North was knocked unconscious during Friday's win against Wasps (picture: Dave Ikin)

North will play no part for Saints at Clermont, says Mallinder

Saints boss Jim Mallinder has confirmed that George North will play no part in Saints’ Champions Cup quarter-final at Clermont Auvergne on Saturday.

Tom Wood

Wood expecting ‘huge challenge’ as Saints head for Clermont

Tom Wood believes Clermont Auvergne have been targeting Saturday’s Champions Cup quarter-final against Saints for weeks.

George North was stretchered off after Hughes's knee made contact with his head (picture: Sharon Lucey)

Wasps forward Hughes hit with three-week ban for North incident

Wasps No.8 Nathan Hughes will serve a three-week ban for the incident that left Saints wing George North unconscious during last Friday’s Aviva Premiership clash at Franklin’s Gardens.

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INJURY DOUBT - key Clermont Auvergne player Morgan Parra

Five reasons why Saints can claim victory at Clermont Auvergne

Saints head to Clermont Auvergne on Saturday with the odds stacked against them.

Calum Clark and his Saints team-mates saw off Perpignan at a Heineken Cup semi-final at stadium:mk in 2011 (picture: Linda Dawson)

Coventry clash awaits if Saints see off Clermont Auvergne

Saints will play their Champions Cup semi-final at Coventry’s Ricoh Arena should they see off Clermont Auvergne on Saturday.

OUCH! - George Pisi leaves the field on Friday night after breaking a finger (Picture: Sharon Lucey)

Mallinder confident Saints squad strong enough to cope with injuries

Jim Mallinder has backed his squad to stand up to the strain after suffering a triple blow in Friday’s win against Wasps.

ALL SMILES IN THE END - but Stephen Myler knows there were plenty of mistakes made by Saints in their win over Wasps on Friday (Picture: Sharon Lucey)

Myler says Saints were defensively ‘dumb’ in win over Wasps

Stephen Myler feels Saints were defensively ‘dumb’ against Wasps and has warned them they can’t afford to make the same mistakes at Clermont this weekend.

MOMENT OF IMPACT - George North collides with the knee of Wasps' Nathan Hughes at Franklin's Gardens on Friday night (Picture: Dave Ikin)

World Rugby concussion advisor Stewart: North should be rested for remainder of the season

World Rugby’s concussion advisor has warned Saints star George North against playing again this season.

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Ian McGeechan (right) with Saints coaches Dorian West and Jim Mallinder

Former Saints coach McGeechan: Hartley and Dickson ‘intimidated’ referee

Sir Ian McGeechan says Saints duo Dylan Hartley and Lee Dickson ‘intimidated’ referee Craig Maxwell-Keys during Friday night’s win against Wasps.

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Ahsee Tuala scored a special try for Saints against Wasps (picture: Sharon Lucey)

Saints 52 Wasps 30: Tom Vickers’ review and player ratings

When the question was asked of Jim Mallinder last week, there was an understandable hint of caution in his answer.

George North was stretchered off after taking a knee to the head from Wasps No.8 Nathan Hughes (picture: Dave Ikin)

Saints star North ‘feeling ok’ after concussion scare

Saints star George North says he is ‘feeling ok’ after the incident that saw him knocked out in Friday’s win against Wasps.

FLAT OUT - George North is knocked out after scoring his second try in the win over Wasps (Pictures: Sharon Lucey)

North okay as Saints boss Mallinder backs referee

Jim Mallinder says the decision to red card Wasps No.8 Nathan Hughes for the knock-out blow on George North was the right one.

WORRYING MOMENT - George North is treated by the Saints medical staff after he was knocked out while scoring his team's second try against Wasps (Pictures: Sharon Lucey)

Hughes red card is key as leaders Saints sink Wasps

George North scored twice before leaving the field on a stretcher as Saints secured a 52-30 win against Wasps on a frenetic night at Franklin’s Gardens.

WORK TO BE DONE - Jim Mallinder says a top two finish for Saints in the Aviva Premiership is not guaranteed

Coach Mallinder issues play-off warning to Saints players

Jim Mallinder has warned Saints that their lead at the top of the Aviva Premiership table is not untouchable.

Dylan Hartley is back to lead Saints (picture: Kirsty Edmonds)

Tom Vickers’ Northampton Saints v Wasps preview

Fixture: Northampton Saints v Wasps (Aviva Premiership round 18)

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