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Dylan Hartley (picture: Kirsty Edmonds)

Ban rules Hartley out of World Cup opener

Dylan Hartley will definitely miss England’s Rugby World Cup opener against Fiji after being hit with a four-week ban for headbutting Saracens hooker Jamie George.

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Dylan Hartley (picture: Kirsty Edmonds)

Hartley left with ‘hollow feeling’ after Saints’ season ends early

Dylan Hartley was left with a ‘hollow feeling’ after a season of hard work went to waste for Saints on Saturday.

Tom Wood (picture: Kirsty Edmonds)

Saints ‘committed suicide’ against Saracens, says Wood

Tom Wood felt Saints ‘committed suicide’ in their Aviva Premiership play-off semi-final defeat to Saracens.

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Gareth Denman (picture: Kirsty Edmonds)

Saints quartet get England call for Barbarians battle

Gareth Denman is one of four Saints players named in the England squad for Sunday’s clash with the Barbarians at Twickenham.

Lee Dickson shows his disappointment (pictures: Kirsty Edmonds)

Saints 24 Saracens 29: Tom Vickers’ review and player ratings

This time, Saints were to win the battle but not the war.

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DOWN AND OUT - Mike Haywood shows his disappointment at the end of Saints' defeat to Saracens (Pictures: Kirsty Edmonds)

Mallinder: Injury hat-trick not to blame for semi defeat

Saints director of rugby Jim Mallinder refused to blame a hat-trick of injury blows for his team’s defeat to Saracens.

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ON THE CHARGE - Samu Manoa makes an attacking break for Saints against Saracens (Pictures: Kirsty Edmnods)

Saints suffer semi-final misery as Saracens triumph

A strong Saracens performance shattered Saints’ hopes of back-to-back titles as Jim Mallinder’s men were beaten 29-24 in the Aviva Premiership play-off semi-final.

Dorian West (picture: Sharon Lucey)

West plays down pressure ahead of Saints’ clash with Saracens

Dorian West has played down the pressure on Saints ahead of today’s Aviva Premiership play-off semi-final.

Tom Wood scored a memorable late try to see off Leicester last May (picture: Linda Dawson)

Saints star Wood desperate to repeat last season’s heroics

Tom Wood says the dramatic finale to last season was ‘incredible’ - and the Saints star is desperate to deliver more joy in the next two weeks.

Samu Manoa goes over the line for Saints' only try in their 25-20 win over Saracens at stadium:mk last month

Tom Vickers’ Northampton Saints v Saracens preview

Fixture: Northampton Saints v Saracens (Aviva Premiership play-off semi-final)

HE'S BACK - Stephen Myler starts at fly-half for Saints in their Aviva Premiership play-off semi-final against Saracens

Saints bring back the big guns for semi-final showdown

Saints have brought back the big guns for Saturday’s Aviva Premiership play-off semi-final against Saracens at Franklin’s Gardens (kick-off 2pm).

Saints lost to Saracens in a Premiership play-off semi-final at Franklin's Gardens in 2010

Semi-final experiences will help Saints against Saracens, says Myler

Stephen Myler says the experience gained from five successive Aviva Premiership play-off semi-finals will help Saints against Saracens on Saturday.

George North has been sidelined since March (picture: Kirsty Edmonds)

Wood has sympathy for fellow Saint North

Tom Wood says he feels for George North, labelling his Saints team-mate’s current situation a ‘nightmare’.

Stephen Myler (picture: Sharon Lucey)

Saints fly-half Myler ‘over the moon’ after England call

Stephen Myler says he is ‘over the moon’ to have been named in England’s 50-man Rugby World Cup training squad.

Samu Manoa missed out on the forward of the year prize (picture: Kirsty Edmonds)

Saints snubbed at Premiership Rugby’s end-of-season awards

Saints were snubbed at Aviva Premiership Rugby’s end-of-season awards dinner on Wednesday night, with not a single player making the team of the year.

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George North (picture: Kirsty Edmonds)

Saints star North unlikely to face Saracens

Dorian West does not expect Wales star George North to be available for Saints on Saturday.

Stephen Myler is in England's Rugby World Cup training squad (picture: Kirsty Edmonds)

Eight Saints stars named in England’s World Cup training squad

Saints have eight representatives in England’s 50-man Rugby World Cup training squad.

Calum Clark is Saints' player of the month for April (picture: Sharon Lucey)

Clark claims Saints’ prize for April

Calum Clark has added yet another award to his collection after claiming Saints’ player of the month prize for April.

Calum Clark scooped two awards at Saints' end-of-season dinner

Clark does the double at Saints’ awards night

Calum Clark scooped an award double at Saints’ end-of-season dinner on Monday night.

Mike Haywood (picture: Sharon Lucey)

Craig hails ‘unbelievable’ Saints team-mate Haywood

James Craig says Saints team-mate Mike Haywood is an ‘unbelievable’ talent.

Samu Manoa scored for Saints as they beat Saracens last month (picture: Sharon Lucey)

Mallinder expects Saints and Saracens to produce another epic

Jim Mallinder is predicting another cracker between Saints and Saracens at Franklin’s Gardens on Saturday.

Richard Cockerill (picture: Sharon Lucey)

Cockerill admits Tigers’ win against Saints was ‘awkward’

Richard Cockerill says Leicester’s win against Saints was ‘a bit awkward all round’.

Chris Ashton (picture: Kirsty Edmonds)

Ashton piles pressure on Saints ahead of Saracens showdown

Saracens star Chris Ashton insists the pressure will be on Saints in Saturday’s Aviva Premiership play-off semi-final at Franklin’s Gardens.

George North could return for the clash with Saracens (picture: Dave Ikin)

North a ‘possibility’ for Saints’ semi-final clash with Saracens

Jim Mallinder says there is a ‘possibility’ that George North could be involved in Saints’ Aviva Premiership play-off semi-final against Saracens next Saturday.

Jim Mallinder (picture: Sharon Lucey)

Mallinder satisfied as Saints show steel

Saints boss Jim Mallinder praised his players for pushing Leicester Tigers all the way in the 22-14 defeat at Welford Road.

Tigers beat Saints at Welford Road (picture: Sharon Lucey)

Spirited Saints beaten by Tigers

A much-changed Saints side produced a spirited display at Welford Road, but it wasn’t enough to deny Leicester the win they needed to reach the Aviva Premiership play-offs.

Saints director of rugby Jim Mallinder

Mallinder wants Saints to maintain momentum with derby day victory

Jim Mallinder admits Leicester have the knack of winning when it matters.

PAINFUL MEMORY - Leicester's Manu Tuilagi consoles Saints' James Downey at the end of the 2011 Premiership semi-final at Welford Road

Tom Vickers’ Leicester Tigers versus Northampton Saints preview

Fixture: Leicester Tigers v Northampton Saints (Aviva Premiership - round 22)

WEEK OFF - Stephen Myler has been left out of the Saints team to play at Leicester

Saints make 12 changes for derby date at Leicester

Saints have made a massive 12 changes to their starting line-up for Saturday’s Aviva Premiership derby at Leicester Tigers.

Saints winger Jamie Elliott

Elliott says Saints determined to overcome their Welford Road jinx

Jamie Elliott wants Saints to end the record that has lingered over them at Welford Road in recent seasons.

Alex Corbisiero scored in Saints' draw at Leicester last season (picture: Linda Dawson)

Team selection for Saints’ trip to Tigers one of Mallinder’s toughest

Saints director of rugby Jim Mallinder admits he has faced his most difficult team selection of the season ahead of Saturday’s trip to Leicester.

Kahn Fotuali'i is delighted that Ahsee Tuala (right) is staying on at Saints (picture: Sharon Lucey)

Fotuali’i delighted to see Tuala staying at Saints

Kahn Fotuali’i has hailed countryman Ahsee Tuala for earning a new Saints contract.

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Ahsee Tuala has signed a new deal at Saints (picture: Kirsty Edmonds)

Tuala signs new Saints deal

Ahsee Tuala has signed a new contract at Saints, keeping him at the club beyond the current campaign.

Jim Mallinder has added two talented youngsters to his Saints squad (picture: Sharon Lucey)

Saints snap up two talented youngsters

Saints have announced the arrival of two promising youngsters to bolster the squad for next season.

Jim Mallinder (picture: Sharon Lucey)

Mallinder warns Saints that the job is far from done

Jim Mallinder says it is ‘awesome’ to have topped the Aviva Premiership and already booked a home play-off semi-final.

Jim Mallinder (picture: Sharon Lucey)

Saints boss Mallinder shortlisted for Premiership award

Saints boss Jim Mallinder has been shortlisted for the Aviva Premiership’s Guinness director of rugby of the season award.

Saints v Wasps George North try

Saints star North staying positive on road to recovery

Saints star George North says his recovery from concussion is “looking positive” and has played down Warren Gatland’s worries ahead of the Rugby World Cup.

Luther Burrell (picture: Kirsty Edmonds)

Burrell: Saints players do not want to be rested on derby day

Luther Burrell says every Saints player is ‘desperate’ to start at Welford Road on Saturday.

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George North was knocked unconscious in the win against Wasps (picture: Dave Ikin)

Wales coach Gatland ‘hugely worried’ about Saints star North

Warren Gatland says he would like to see Saints star George North take the rest of the season off.

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Ahsee Tuala (picture: Kirsty Edmonds)

Samoan ace Tuala so grateful for his Saints chance

Ahsee Tuala says he feels ‘blessed’ to have been given an opportunity at Saints.

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Lee Dickson dived over for two Saints tries (pictures: Kirsty Edmonds)

Saints 46 London Welsh 0: Tom Vickers’ review and player ratings

Saracens pioneered the tag last season - and now it is Saints’ to hold.

Jim Mallinder (picture: Kirsty Edmonds)

Mallinder pleased with ‘professional’ Saints showing

Jim Mallinder praised his Saints players for their professionalism after the 46-0 win against London Welsh.

Ahsee Tuala (picture: Sharon Lucey)

Mallinder set to offer Tuala extended Saints stay

Jim Mallinder has confirmed Saints will be offering Ahsee Tuala a contract extension.

Ahsee Tuala scored for Saints against London Welsh (picture: Kirsty Edmonds)

Saints secure top spot with win over Welsh

Saints will finish top of the Aviva Premiership for the first time after cruising to a bonus-point 46-0 win against London Welsh.

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Alex Waller (picture: Sharon Lucey)

Waller: Saints not expecting huge win against London Welsh

Alex Waller says Saints are not expecting a massive win against London Welsh at Franklin’s Gardens.

Saints won at London Welsh in November (picture: Kirsty Edmonds)

Tom Vickers’ Northampton Saints v London Welsh preview

Fixture: Northampton Saints v London Welsh (Aviva Premiership - round 21)

Lee Dickson is back in the starting 15 (picture: Sharon Lucey)

Saints change three for London Welsh clash

Saints have made three changes to their side for Saturday’s visit of winless London Welsh (kick-off 3.15pm).

Alex King (picture: Linda Dawson)

King: Saints couldn’t have asked for a better scenario

Alex King admits Saints couldn’t have asked for a better scenario with just two games of the Aviva Premiership regular season to go.

Calum Clark (picture: Sharon Lucey)

‘Fantastic’ Clark deserves recognition, says Saints team-mate Waller

Samu Manoa may already have been nominated for two awards - but Alex Waller thinks another Saints forward also deserves some recognition.

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