Dylan Hartley has urged Saints to ‘step it up’ as they bid to put Saturday’s Champions Cup disappointment behind them.
Tom Wood admitted Saints were taught a ‘cruel lesson’ as they surrendered their chance to take anything from Saturday’s Champions Cup opener at Racing Metro.
There was a palpable sense of déjà vu as Saints headed off the rapidly-invaded playing surface at Stade Yves du Manoir on Saturday evening.
Jim Mallinder confirmed George Pisi pulled his hamstring in a bizarre incident in Saturday’s Champions Cup defeat to Racing Metro.
Jim Mallinder stressed Saints are ‘not down and out’ after suffering a 20-11 defeat in their opening Champions Cup match at Racing Metro.
A last-gasp Marc Andreu try helped rob Saints of a bonus point as Racing Metro claimed a 20-11 win in the Champions Cup opener in Colombes.
Dorian West admits Saints have never started a European campaign in such a strong position.
Dorian West says being successful in this season’s Rugby Champions Cup is ‘the next step’ for Saints.
Fixture: Racing Metro v Northampton Saints (European Rugby Champions Cup, game one)
Saints have made four changes to the team for Saturday’s European Champions Cup clash against Racing Metro in Paris, with big guns Dylan Hartley, George North, Kahn Fotuali’i and Calum Clark all returning to the starting line-up.
Tom Wood feels Saints are more than capable of enjoying as much success in Europe as they have on the domestic front of late.
Dylan Hartley and Brian Mujati were once part of one of the most fearsome front rows in European rugby history.
Dorian West is hoping Saints have learned the lessons from last season’s Heineken Cup disappoitment as they return to Europe’s top table this weekend.
Former Saints star Brian Mujati is looking forward to facing his old club on Saturday, but admits it will be a ‘weird’ experience.
Jim Mallinder does not feel Samu Manoa has a best position at Saints, stressing the American forward is ‘fantastic’ wherever he plays.
Racing Metro skipper Dimitri Szarzewski believes Saints are one of the favourites to win this season’s Rugby Champions Cup.
Racing Metro 92 coach Laurent Labit says Saturday’s Rugby Champions Cup opener against Saints is ‘almost like a last 16 game’.
Jim Mallinder believes in-form Ben Foden is capable of giving England boss Stuart Lancaster a selection headache this autumn.
Ken Pisi says the strength of Saints’ wing department is driving him on to big things this season.
If there is a fly which resides on a wall in the away dressing room at Franklin’s Gardens, it will not be enjoying a quiet life.
Samu Manoa scored a hat-trick as Saints sunk Sale Sharks 43-10 with another unstoppable Aviva Premiership performance at Franklin’s Gardens.
Jim Mallinder admits Saints are where they want to be as they prepare to put the Aviva Premiership on the back-burner and go in pursuit of success in Europe.
Alex King is reading little into Saints’ current lofty standing in the Aviva Premiership - and says it will take 11 games for the table to be a true reflection of where teams are at.
At times, Ben Foden’s midweek media session felt strikingly similar to a job interview.
Fixture: Northampton Saints v Sale Sharks (Aviva Premiership round six)
England duo Tom Wood and Dylan Hartley return to the Saints squad for Saturday’s Aviva Premiership with Sale Sharks at Franklin’s Gardens (kick-off 3.15pm).
The Pisi brothers and Kahn Fotuali’i are on course for an autumn collision with England after being named in the Samoa squad for the upcoming November internationals.
Ben Foden wants Saints to show Sale Sharks just why Franklin’s Gardens has become such a fortress when the two sides square up on Saturday.
The Chronicle & Echo have teamed up with Tetley’s to offer a lucky reader the chance to watch Saints take on Sale Sharks in the Aviva Premiership this Saturday - and also enjoy some brilliant hospitality in the new Carlsberg Lounge at Franklin’s Gardens.
Jim Mallinder says Saints will place a huge emphasis on Europe as they bid to become the first winners of the Rugby Champions Cup.
Saints boss Jim Mallinder admits it will be interesting to see how Wasps’ move to Coventry works - but is not worried about losing fans to the nomadic club.
Saints have moved to allay fears about the effect Wasps’ switch to Coventry will have on the Franklin’s Gardens club.
In-form Saints fly-half Stephen Myler is ‘craving’ the chance to show what he can do for England.
A brave display from Bristol United saw the Wanderers suffer a shock 31-27 Aviva ‘A’ League defeat at Franklin’s Gardens on Monday night.
Jim Mallinder says Luther Burrell is revelling in the battle to claim a central role for England this autumn.
Stephen Myler has stressed Saints still have plenty of improving to do after going top of the Aviva Premiership on Saturday.
Jim Mallinder is expecting England duo Tom Wood and Dylan Hartley to return to action against Sale Sharks next weekend.
Saints may have been shorn of captains at the Madejski Stadium on Saturday, but they certainly weren’t short of leaders.
London Irish boss Brian Smith feels his side earned the respect of Saints in Saturday’s defeat at the Madejski Stadium.
Jim Mallinder praised Saints’ ‘outstanding’ defence after the gritty 19-12 success at London Irish.
Stephen Myler won the battle of the boots with former team-mate Shane Geraghty as Saints secured a fine 19-12 Aviva Premiership victory at London Irish.
Jim Mallinder has urged his Saints players to avoid suffering another big fall when they face London Irish at the Madejski Stadium this afternoon.
Calum Clark has hailed back row buddy Jon Fisher for making a big splash at Saints.
Saints skipper Dylan Hartley has been ruled out of Saturday’s Aviva Premiership game at London Irish with a back injury.
Fixture: London Irish v Northampton Saints (Aviva Premiership round five)
Shane Geraghty never managed to inspire Saints to victory at Welford Road, but that was exactly what he did for London Irish last weekend.
Jim Mallinder is not considering bringing in injury cover for England prop Alex Corbisiero.
Jamie Elliott is set to return to action when the Wanderers host Bristol United on Monday night.
Jim Mallinder says he will wait until the last possible moment to make a decision on Courtney Lawes and Tom Wood ahead of Saturday’s Aviva Premiership trip to London Irish.
Ben Foden believes Saints’ late scare against Bath will stand them in good stead for Saturday’s tricky clash with London Irish.