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IN ACTION - England sevens player Howard Packman is likely to line up for Saints (Picture: Linda Dawson)

Win tickets to see Saints in sevens action

The Chronicle & Echo has teamed up with Premiership Rugby’s official breakdown and recovery supplier, Green Flag, to offer fans the chance to win a pair of tickets to Group C of the Aviva Premiership Rugby Sevens series at Franklin’s Gardens on August 1.

DERBY DATE - Saints must go to Leicester Tigers in the LV= Cup

Saints handed derby date at Tigers in LV= Cup

Saints face an east midlands showdown with rivals Leicester Tigers in the pool stages of this season’s LV= Cup.

HAPPY TIMES - GJ van Velze shares a joke with Ben Foden (Pictures: Linda Dawson)

Van Velze so proud to look back on his ‘awesome’ times at Saints

Some players spend years at a club and barely have one special individual moment to tuck into their suitcase when they depart.

WINNING TEAM - the Saints coaching staff of (from left) Alex King, Jim Mallinder, Dorian West and Alan Dickens (Picture: Linda Dawson)

Dickens revels in ‘healthy’ atmosphere among Saints coaching staff

Alan Dickens in revelling in the ‘healthy’ atmosphere among the Saints coaching staff.

WORKING HARD - Northampton Saints chairman Tony Hewitt (picture: Linda Dawson) NNL-140226-202706006

Hard work continues as Saints bid to stay on top

Tony Hewitt has stressed there is still plenty more hard work to do at Saints, despite last season’s double glory.

Saints assistant coach Alan Dickens says the club can take huge confidence from last season's Premiership triumph (picture: Linda Dawson)

Dickens confident Saints can defend their Premiership crown

Assistant coach Alan Dickens says Saints learned a huge amount from last season’s ‘exhausting’ endeavours and believes that education will stand them in good stead for the defence of their title.

AGONY TO ECSTASY - GJ van Velze has hailed Lee Dickson and Stephen Myler for steering Saints to silverware (Picture: Linda Dawson)

Van Velze pays tribute to Saints stalwarts Dickson and Myler

GJ van Velze says the desire of stalwarts such as Lee Dickson and Stephen Myler drove Saints to glory last season.

BIG FUTURE AHEAD - Saints youngster Tom Stephenson (pictures: Linda Dawson)

Dickens expects Saints’ young guns to raise the bar at Franklin’s Gardens

Alan Dickens is confident Saints’ impressive crop of youngsters will step up another level to drive the club on to further glory this season.

GJ van Velze

No escape from fitness coach Johnston for ex-Saint van Velze

GJ van Velze admits Nick Johnston hasn’t changed after being reunited with the notoriously tough fitness guru at Worcester.

Alan Dickens

Dickens: Settled squad is making Saints’ pre-season preparations easier

Alan Dickens admits Saints’ preparations for the new season are being made easier by the lack of player turnover in the squad.

EXPECTING A TOUGH SEASON - Saints prop Alex Corbisiero (Picture: Linda Dawson)

Corbisiero expects ‘four or five’ teams to challenge Saints for title

Alex Corbisiero believes there will be ‘four or five’ challengers for Saints’ Aviva Premiership crown in the forthcoming season.

PUSHING ON - Alex Corbisiero and his Saints team-mates are eager to repeat last season's heroics (Picture: Linda Dawson)

Saints won’t get complacent, insists Corbisiero

Alex Corbisiero is adamant there will be no complacency at Saints following last season’s double delight.

Saints director of rugby Jim Mallinder (Picture: Linda Dawson)

Mallinder admits champions Saints are ‘there to be aimed at’

Jim Mallinder knows Saints will be up against it when they begin their Aviva Premiership title defence against Gloucester.

Saints chairman Tony Hewitt

Hewitt explains Saints’ decision to switch Saracens league fixture to Milton Keynes

Chairman Tony Hewitt believes Saints’ decision to switch a game to Milton Keynes is vital to the club’s bid to bring more fans to Franklin’s Gardens in years to come.

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Saints switch Saracens home Aviva Premiership game to Milton Keynes

Saints have agreed to move the forthcoming season’s home Aviva Premiership game against Saracens to Milton Keynes following a request from England Rugby.

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FINAL DAY HUMDINGER - Saints will play Leicester Tigers on the final weekend of the regular Aviva Premiership season (Picture: Linda Dawson)

Gloucester first up, and Saints face final-day showdown at rivals Leicester Tigers

Champions Saints will face a final-day showdown at local rivals Leicester Tigers in the forthcoming season’s Aviva Premiership.

Northampton Saints chairman Tony Hewitt

Saints chairman Hewitt reflects on a dream first season

Chairman Tony Hewitt admits he couldn’t have had a better first season at the Saints helm.

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