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ENGLAND CHANCE? - Saints fly-half Stephen Myler

Dickens says Saints fly-half Myler is the perfect 10 for England

Saints coach Alan Dickens is backing Stephen Myler to fill the void left by Owen Farrell in England’s Six Nations squad.

Saints wing George North is not guaranteed selection against England

Gatland warns North he may not start against England

Wales head coach Warren Gatland believes George North should be exerting greater influence on matches and has warned the Saints wing he is not guaranteed selection against England.

CONFIDENT - Ethan Waller

Waller says Saints squad have learned from derby heartache

Ethan Waller believes Saints have learned valuable lessons from derby day heartache at the hands of Leicester Tigers.

ENGLAND CALLING - Christian Day is on international duty (picture: Kirsty Edmonds)

Saints snap up Scotland lock on short-term deal

Saints have eased their second row shortage by signing Scotland lock Tom Ryder on a deal until the end of the season.

TOP SCORER - George North is leading the way in this season's Champions Cup (picture: Sharon Lucey)

Saints star North nominated for top European prize

Saints wing George North has been named on the 15-man longlist for the EPCR European player of the year prize.

PROMOTION - Christian Day has been drafted into the England senior squad as cover for Geoff Parling (picture: Sharon Lucey)

Saints lock Day promoted to England senior squad ahead of Six Nations

Saints lock Christian Day has been called up to the England senior squad as injury cover for Leicester’s Geoff Parling.

MOVING ON - Ross McMillan (picture: Linda Dawson)

Saints hooker McMillan makes Bristol move

Saints hooker Ross McMillan has joined Championship side Bristol on an 18-month deal with immediate effect.

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BAD DAY - Jim Mallinder (right) and Dorian West saw their Saints team well beaten by Racing Metro on Saturday (Picture: Sharon Lucey)

Mallinder tells disappointed Saints they have ‘to get on with it’

Jim Mallinder has urged Saints to ‘get on with it’ as they bid to bounce back by beating local rivals Leicester Tigers on Saturday.

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DISAPPOINTING DAY - Saints were well beaten by Racing Metro (Picture: Sharon Lucey)

Northampton Saints 8 Racing Metro 32: Tom Vickers’ review and player ratings

Unfortunately for Saints, this was to be another of those galling Franklin’s Gardens days.

INJURY WOE - Courtney Lawes picked up an ankle injury in this game against Leicester (picture: Sharon Lucey)

Injured Saints star Lawes reveals likely return date

Saints lock Courtney Lawes says he expects to return to action in four to six weeks.

BENCHED - Saints skipper Dylan Hartley looks downhearted after being sin-binned on Saturday (Picture: Sharon Lucey)

Saints skipper Hartley concerned as he is sin-binned in Metro defeat

Saints skipper Dylan Hartley feels there is a chance his previous offences are counting against him.

INJURY BLOW - Tom Wood leaves the Franklin's Gardens pitch on Saturday due to a hamstring injury (Picture: Sharon Lucey)

Worry for Wood as Saints star suffers ankle injury

Saints boss Jim Mallinder has revealed Tom Wood twisted his ankle in Saturday’s 32-8 defeat to Racing Metro.

George North bursts forward during Saints' Champions Cup defeat to Racing Metro (pictures: Sharon Lucey)

Saints limp into last eight despite humiliating loss

Saints will be on the road in the Champions Cup quarter-finals after Racing Metro routed Jim Mallinder’s men 32-8 in the Pool 5 decider at Franklin’s Gardens.

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Jim Mallinder says Saints will rise to the challenge of an away quarter-final (pictures: Sharon Lucey)

Mallinder: We’ll rise to challenge in quarter-finals

Jim Mallinder admits Saints’ humbling home defeat at the hands of Racing Metro is ‘a blow to our season’.

GARDENS RETURN - Brian Mujati

Saints coach West determined to make Mujati’s Gardens return an unhappy one

Dorian West is looking forward to welcoming former Saints prop idol Brian Mujati back to Franklin’s Gardens this weekend.

Dorian West

West admits it’s ‘crucial’ Saints secure home Champions Cup quarter-final

Dorian West says it is crucial Saints see off Racing Metro and claim a home quarter-final in this season’s Champions Cup.

CRUCIAL - the win at Ospreys last Sunday, during which George North scored this try, means Saints will secure a home quarter-final if they beat Racing Metro at Franklin's Gardens tomorrow

Tom Vickers’ Northampton Saints versus Racing Metro preview

Fixture: Northampton Saints v Racing Metro (Champions Cup Pool 5 - match six)

STARTING ROLE - James Wilson will play at full-back in place of the injured Ben Foden

Fotuali’i fit as Saints make three changes for Racing Metro clash

Kahn Fotuali’i has recovered from a shoulder problem and will be on the bench for Saints’ crucial Champions Cup clash with Racing Metro on Saturday (ko 3.15pm).

KEY MAN - Christian Day (picture: Kirsty Edmonds)

North full of praise for Saints ‘father figure’ Day

George North has hailed ‘father figure’ Christian Day following the Saints lock’s England Saxons call-up.

STEPPING IT UP - George North is ready to show Wales why he should be a starter in the Six Nations (picture: Kirsty Edmonds)

Saints star North vows to step it up after Wales selection warning

George North admits he must start producing his club form for his country if he is to avoid a Six Nations snub.

TOP AWARD - Samu Manoa shows off his Aviva Premiership player of the month award for December

Saints star Manoa is named Aviva Premiership player of the month for December

Samu Manoa has been named Aviva Premiership player of the month for December.

The Carlsberg Lounge at Franklin's Gardens

Win a pair of Carlsberg Lounge hospitality tickets to watch Saints v Racing Metro

The Chronicle & Echo has teamed up with Tetley’s to offer a lucky reader the chance to watch Saints take on Racing Metro in the Champions Cup this Saturday - and also enjoy some brilliant hospitality in the Carlsberg Lounge at Franklin’s Gardens.

UP FOR THE CHALLENGE - Saints fly-half Stephen Myler

Saints fly-half Myler welcomes Hanrahan competition

Stephen Myler has welcomed the competition Munster talent JJ Hanrahan will bring to the Saints fly-half role next season.

NEW RECRUIT - Jamie Gibson is heading to Saints

Saints coach West relishing the chance to work with Gibson

Saints forwards coach Dorian West says Jamie Gibson is a ‘quality player with a really big future’.

Northampton Saints have signed Leicester Tigers back row Jamie Gibson ahead of next season

Saints sign Gibson from rivals Leicester

Jamie Gibson has opted to swap Leicester for Saints with the flanker agreeing to move to Franklin’s Gardens this summer.

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Saints lock Christian Day has been named in the England Saxons squad

Six Saints earn England call-up for Six Nations training squads

Six Saints stars have been named in England’s 34-man training squad for the Six Nations.

PLOTTING A BIG VICTORY - Saints director of rugby Jim Mallinder

Coach Mallinder confident Saints will see off Racing Metro

Jim Mallinder says Saints know they can beat Racing Metro in the crunch clash at Franklin’s Gardens on Saturday.

BAD NEWS - Ben Foden is helped off the Liberty Stadium pitch after injuring his knee on Sunday (Pictures: Kirsty Edmonds)

World Cup dream could be over for Foden as he’s ruled out for season with knee injury

Ben Foden’s World Cup dream looks to be in tatters after the Saints full-back was ruled out for the remainder of the season with a knee injury.

STEP IN THE RIGHT DIRECTION - Calum Clark was pleased with Saints' defensive effort in the win at Ospreys on Sunday (Picture: Kirsty Edmonds)

Clark pleased with Saints’ defensive improvement

Calum Clark believes Saints have taken a big step forward in the bid to improve the defensive side of their game.

STAR TURN - Sam Dickinson was the pick of the Saints' bunch in their Champions Cup win in south Wales (Pictures: Kirsty Edmonds)

Ospreys 9 Northampton Saints 20 - Tom Vickers’ view and player ratings

From never looking likely to win at Sale to never looking likely to lose at Ospreys - Saints produced exactly the reaction they wanted in south-west Wales on Sunday evening.

WORRYING SIGHT - Ben Foden is helped from the pitch at the Liberty Stadium after suffering a knee injury (Picture: Kirsty Edmonds)

Saints boss Mallinder hopeful full-back Foden’s knee injury is not serious

Jim Mallinder is hoping Ben Foden will be fit to face Racing Metro after the full-back was forced off at Ospreys on Sunday.

200-UP - Dylan Hartley in action during his 200th Saints appearance against Ospreys on Sunday (Picture: Kirsty Edmonds)

Skipper Hartley ‘honoured’ to have joined Saints’ 200 club

Dylan Hartley says he is ‘honoured’ to have reached 200 appearances at Saints.

AND HE'S OVER - Calum Clark scores his try for Saints at Ospreys (Picture: Kirsty Edmonds)

Mallinder delight as Saints dig deep to beat Ospreys

Jim Mallinder stressed his delight after Saints once again kept the Ospreys at bay to earn a gritty success in south-west Wales.

INJURY BLOW - Courtney Lawes

Injured Lawes to miss start of Six Nations

Jim Mallinder has confirmed Courtney Lawes will have ankle surgery on Monday, with the England lock set to miss the start of the Six Nations.

SEE YOU LATER - George North goes clear on his way to scoring his first-half try at Ospreys (Pictures: Kirsty Edmonds)

North and Clark tries ease Saints to win at Ospreys

Wales juggernaut George North put his countrymen to the sword once more as Saints claimed a crucial 20-9 Champions Cup win at Ospreys.

SEEING RED - Dylan Hartley was sent-off for this elbow on Leicester's Matt Smith. He returns to the Saints squad this weekend after serving his three-week ban (Pictures: Sharon Lucey)

King backing ‘motivated’ skipper Hartley to inspire Saints at Ospreys

Alex King believes returning skipper Dylan Hartley will be hugely motivated to steer Saints to a vital Champions Cup win at Ospreys this evening.

MAN ON A MISSION - Saints centre Luther Burrell

Saints centre Burrell determined to right the Sale wrongs against Ospreys

Luther Burrell is ready to produce a ‘big reaction’ against Ospreys after admitting his disappointment with his own performance against Sale.

WELCOME RETURN - Samu Manoa is back in the Saints starting line-up for the match at Ospreys

Tom Vickers’ Ospreys v Northampton Saints preview

Fixture: Ospreys v Northampton Saints (Champions Cup Pool 5 - match five)

THREAT - Rhys Webb gets to grips with Samu Manoa in Ospreys' defeat to Saints last year

King tells Saints they have to shackle Ospreys dangermen Webb and Biggar

Alex King has warned Saints they must shackle Ospreys’ half-backs if they are to win in Wales this weekend.

HAPPY AT THE GARDENS - George Pisi

Saints’ family feel kept George Pisi at the Gardens

George Pisi has revealed family and potential finals were his main motivations for snubbing advances from elsewhere to stay at Saints.

BACK IN THE FOLD - Saints skipper Dylan Hartley returns after suspension

Skipper Hartley returns as Saints gear up for Ospreys test

Dylan Hartley returns from suspension to skipper Saints in the Champions Cup game at Ospreys on Sunday.

UP FOR THE CHALLENGE - Phil Dowson believes Kieran Brookes (left) will relish the chance to play for Saints

Dowson believes new signing Brookes will love life at Saints

Phil Dowson believes Kieran Brookes will relish Saints’ club culture when the England man moves from Newcastle this summer.

DESPERATE TO STAY - Phil Dowson (picture: Kirsty Edmonds)

Dowson: I’d love to stay at Saints

Phil Dowson says he would love to extend his stay at Saints.

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Saints back row forward Phil Dowson says he and his team-mates can't rely on the likes of Samu Manoa playing every game

Dowson admits Saints have to learn to cope without their ‘superstars’

Phil Dowson says Saints must stop relying on their ‘superstars’.

BANNED - Salesi Ma'afu will miss Saints' trip to Ospreys on Sunday (picture: Sharon Lucey)

Saints prop Ma’afu to miss Ospreys clash after being hit with ban

Saints prop Salesi Ma’afu will miss Sunday’s Champions Cup game at Ospreys after being hit with a one-week ban.

UNCONCERNED - Saints director of rugby Jim Mallinder

Mallinder unconcerned at how Saints will cope with Six Nations absentees

Jim Mallinder has no concerns about how his squad will stand up to Six Nations scrutiny.

Kieran Brookes (second left) scraps it out against Saints during their Premiership clash last September

New signing Brookes excited for Saints challenge

Kieran Brookes can’t wait to take up the challenge of securing a place in the Saints front row.

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England prop Brookes joins Northampton Saints

Saints have announced the signing of Newcastle Falcons and England prop Kieran Brookes.

STAYING POSITIVE - Ben Nutley believes Saints will bounce back from their surprise defeat at Sale

Nutley certain Saints will ‘learn more’ from Sale defeat

Ben Nutley says he hated losing at Sale on Saturday, but believes the defeat will ultimately prove positive for Saints in the long run.

HOPING FOR GOOD NEWS - Saints director of rugby Jim Mallinder (Picture: Sharon Lucey)

Saints boss Mallinder hoping for good news on fitness of second row trio

Jim Mallinder is hoping the Saints medical staff can help solve his second row crisis this week.

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