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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.

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

Wasps forward Hughes faces RFU hearing after North incident

Wasps No.8 Nathan Hughes will appear at a disciplinary hearing on Tuesday night after being charged with striking Saints wing George North in Friday’s clash at Franklin’s Gardens.

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.


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.


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)

GARDENS RETURN - George North starts for Saints against Wasps on Friday night

Six Nations stars return to Saints action

Saints have recalled four of their five Six Nations stars for Friday night’s Aviva Premiership clash with Wasps at Franklin’s Gardens (7.45pm kick-off).

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BAD DAY - Calum Clark and his Saints team-mates trudge off the pitch after being beaten at Wasps in September

Clark says Saints have to show ‘outstanding’ Wasps respect

Calum Clark admits Saints didn’t show Wasps enough respect in their Aviva Premiership meeting at Adams Park in September.

Jim  Mallinder

Saints boss Mallinder ready to call on Six Nations stars for Wasps clash

Jim Mallinder says Saints’ Six Nations stars are ‘very keen’ to get involved against Wasps on Friday night.


Clark determined to ensure there’s no more weekends off for Saints

Calum Clark admits it was ‘really disappointing’ to miss out on the chance to play in an LV= Cup final at Franklin’s Gardens last Sunday.

NOT HAPPY - the French players react to Courtney Lawes' crunching tackle on Jules Plisson at Twickenham on Saturday

VIDEO: Saints club-mates react to latest Lawes ‘jackhammer hit’ on Plisson

Courtney Lawes was at it again last weekend, setting his sights on a fly-half and drawing gasps from the crowd as he produced one of his trademark jackhammer hits.

Courtney Lawes

Lawes believes England will learn from their Six Nations heartache

Courtney Lawes insists England will come back stronger after their Six Nations heartache.

Saints scrum-half Lee Dickson

Dickson believes Saints’ squad rotation will pay dividends

Lee Dickson believes Saints’ rotation policy has again put them in position to pick up some silverware.

Wales' George North runs in to score his second and his side's fourth try

North hat-trick gives Welsh hope of Six Nations glory

George North scored a hat-trick of tries in 11 minutes as Wales destroyed Italy with a remarkable second-half points blitz to keep alive their RBS 6 Nations title hopes.

Franklin's Gardens

Former Saints analyst suspended after failing drugs test

A former member of the Saints backroom staff has been suspended from all rugby activity for two years after failing a drugs test.


Wood wants Six Nations win to ease pressure ahead of World Cup

Tom Wood believes winning the Six Nations would lift a little pressure from England’s shoulders ahead of the World Cup on home soil.

Saints scrum-half Lee Dickson

Dickson urges Saints team-mates to recharge batteries ahead of ‘massive’ run-in

Lee Dickson has warned Saints they must use their mini-break to ensure they are ready for a ‘massive’ run-in.

Josh Skelcey, Will Hooley and Joel Hodgson queue up to congratulate Tom Collins on one of his two tries against Newcastle in November (picture: Sharon Lucey)

Saints youngster Collins wins LV= Breakthrough Player Award

Saints young gun Tom Collins has followed in the footsteps of players such as Jonny May and Jack Nowell by claiming the LV= Breakthrough Player Award.

Courtney Lawes impressed for England on Saturday

Wood hails impact on England of fit-again Saints team-mate Lawes

Tom Wood says Courtney Lawes is an ‘incredible’ weapon to have in the England armoury.

TUNNEL VISION - England's Luther Burrell

Centre Burrell insists England will be focusing on themselves

Luther Burrell is refusing to worry about results elsewhere as England prepare for a Six Nations decider against France on Saturday.

BACK IN ACTION - Jon Fisher on the attack for Saints in Saturday's clash with Saracens (Picture: Kirsty Edmonds)

Saints boss Mallinder delighted as Fisher returns from injury

Jim Mallinder says Jon Fisher will add real strength to the Saints squad after making a successful return from injury.

DOWN AND OUT - Mike Haywood, on his 100th appearance for Saints, shows his disappointment during Satyurday's defeat to Saracens (Pictures: Kirsty Edmonds)

Saracens 24 Northampton Saints 20 - Tom Vickers’ view and player ratings

When it was announced that Franklin’s Gardens would host this season’s LV= Cup final, you felt certain Saints would be there.

BAD DAY AT THE OFFICE - Lee Dickson and his Saints team-mates were beaten at Saracens (Picture: Kirsty Edmonds)

Dickson targeting trophy double for Saints after LV= Cup exit

Lee Dickson wants Saints to get over their LV= Cup disappointment by making the most of their two remaining trophy chances this season.

Phil Dowson charges forward against Saracens during their LV= Cup semi-final clash on Saturday (pictures: Kirsty Edmonds)

Saints denied Gardens final as Saracens hit back

A second-half surge from Saracens shattered Saints’ chances of appearing in next Sunday’s LV= Cup final at Franklin’s Gardens.

Jim Mallinder (left) says Saints did not play well enough to secure a home LV= Cup final place (pictures: Kirsty Edmonds)

Saints boss Mallinder rues missed opportunity

Jim Mallinder admits a home LV= Cup final would have been ‘ideal’ for Saints.

Saints youngster Tom Collins

Dad Darren’s advice has been crucial for Collins in injury-hit season

Saints youngster Tom Collins has revealed how he has taken advice from his footballer father in a bid to keep going during a stop-start season.


James Wilson scored two tries as Saints beat Saracens in the Aviva Premiership in November. The Kiwi starts Saturday's game on the bench

Tom Vickers’ Saracens versus Northampton Saints preview

Fixture: Saracens v Northampton Saints (LV= Cup semi-final)

100-UP - Mike Haywood will bring up a century of Saints appearances when he plays at Saracens on Sunday

100-up for Haywood as he starts for Saints at Saracens

Mike Haywood will make his 100th Saints appearance in the LV= Cup semi-final at Saracens on Saturday afternoon.

Sam Olver

Size not an issue for Saints fly-half Olver

Sam Olver insists size is no issue as he bids to make his mark for the Saints first team.

SPECIAL MOMENT - James Wilson eases in for his second try at Gloucester

VIDEO: Wilson in the running for Aviva Premiership try of the week

James Wilson’s stunning second try in last weekend’s dramatic 33-33 draw at Gloucester is in the running for the Aviva Premiership try of the week award.

George North

Saints star North keen to repay Wales coach Gatland’s trust in him

Saints star George North wants to reward Warren Gatland’s ‘trust’ in him after a challenging few months on the international circuit.

Courtney Lawes

Forwards coach Rowntree welcomes ‘special player’ Lawes back into the England fold

Courtney Lawes has been given a glowing reference from forwards coach Graham Rowntree ahead of the Saints star’s return to England action.


Fit-again Fisher can’t wait to get stuck into Saracens

Jon Fisher believes he will come back bigger and stronger as he prepares to return from a lengthy injury lay-off.

Tom Wood and Courtney Lawes are back in England's matchday squad (picture: Sharon Lucey)

Saints star Lawes gets England start against Scotland

Courtney Lawes and Tom Wood return to the England fold for Saturday’s Six Nations clash with Scotland.

FIT AGAIN - Saints and England centre Luther Burrell

Burrell boosts England as seven Saints get the call

Seven Saints stars have been included in England’s 35-man training squad ahead of Saturday’s Six Nations clash with Scotland at Twickenham.

PLENTY TO PONDER - Saints director of rugby Jim Mallinder

Mallinder facing selection headache ahead of Saracens trip

Jim Mallinder admits he will have to make some ‘tough decisions’ as Saints bid to get the balance right for this weekend’s LV= Cup semi-final at Saracens.

CRUISE CONTROL - James Wilson runs in for his second try at Gloucester on Saturday (Picture: Sharon Lucey)

Wilson admits Saints have work to do ahead of Saracens semi-final

Two-try hero James Wilson insists Saints have ‘a lot of work to do’ ahead of Saturday’s LV= Cup semi-final at Saracens.

Samu Manoa helped haul Saints back into it at Kingsholm (picture: Sharon Lucey)

Gloucester 33 Northampton Saints 33 - Tom Vickers’ view and player ratings

If ever there was an advert for summer rugby this was it.

COOL HEAD - Saints fly-half Stephen Myler lines up one of his successful kicks at Gloucester (Picture: Sharon Lucey)

Myler’s pride as Saints fight back to claim draw in Kingsholm classic

Stephen Myler says he is ‘unbelievably proud’ of the character Saints showed to salvage a 33-33 draw at Gloucester on Saturday.

Stephen Myler's late conversion earned Saints an unlikely draw at Gloucester (pictures: Sharon Lucey)

Saints hit back to claim draw in thriller

Saints produced a stunning comeback to earn a 33-33 draw in one of the games of the Aviva Premiership season at sun-soaked Kingsholm.

Stephen Myler kept his cool to earn Saints a draw at Kingsholm (pictures: Sharon Lucey)

Saints boss Mallinder hails ‘cool head’ Myler

Jim Mallinder was thankful for the ‘cool head’ of kicker Stephen Myler as Saints came back from 17 points down to draw 33-33 at Gloucester.

BOOST - Tom Wood returns to skipper Saints at Gloucester

Tom Vickers’ Gloucester v Northampton Saints preview

Fixture: Gloucester v Northampton Saints (Aviva Premiership - round 17)

Alex King

King says Saints are ready for ‘huge challenge’ at Gloucester

Attack coach Alex King says Saints face a ‘huge challenge’ at Gloucester on Saturday.

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