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ULSTER 29 SAINTS 19 Groom: We finished as we mean to go on

While a good second half of rugby couldn’t spare the Saints defeat to Ulster, Nic Groom says it will be a mixture of works-on and build-ons as attentions turn to the start of the Aviva Premiership season. Once they got going, the hosts were rampant at Ravenhill, Charles Piutau leading the charge as they amassed a 24-0 half-time lead. That dominance was flipped on its head, however, when the teams

ULSTER 29 SAINTS 19 Jekyll and Hyde for Saints in Belfast

The Saints produced contrasting halves of rugby to see out pre-season, losing the first 40 minutes 24-0 but roaring back after the break to take the second half 19-5 at Ravenhill. While it ultimately added up to a loss, an improved end to the game left for plenty to build on heading into next weekend’s Aviva Premiership opener with Bath at Franklin’s Gardens.

Save on your tickets with Bath bank holiday offer!

To celebrate the last bank holiday of the year, not to mention the start of a new Aviva Premiership season, supporters can now enjoy 20% off tickets for the season opener with Bath at Franklin’s Gardens. The Saints rounded off their 2015/16 home efforts with a win over their West Country rivals and it all begins again on Saturday, September 3rd when Bath return under a new coaching setup, looking

New away shirts now in store

The all-new Saints away shirt is now available in the Saints Superstore and Online Store! There are two versions available for supporters – the pro shirt, which is an exact shirt worn by the Saints players and is made of a body-hugging, single stretch fabric designed specifically to meet the physical demands of rugby at the highest level, and the replica shirt, which is a looser-fitting option wit

Team news for Ulster trip

Thirty players are making the trip over the Irish Sea for the final pre-season match of the summer against Ulster. The Saints are heading to Belfast to play the Pro 12 semi-finalists on Friday evening (KO 7:30pm) with a starting lineup that contains a mix of the two teams which played at Franklin’s Gardens last weekend. With no live TV coverage from the Kingspan Stadium – highlights will be on Sai

Saints Under-18s suffer narrow Dragons defeat

The Saints suffered a narrow 22-19 defeat against the Newport Gwent Dragons this afternoon on a hot and sunny afternoon at Franklin’s Gardens. The Dragons were the first on the scoreboard, scoring two tries in the second half to give themselves a 10-0 lead. Two Saints tries, including a score from captain Fraser Dingwall, then came either side of two further scores from the Dragons to make the sco

Louis Picamoles out to sink Premiership big guns

Louis Picamoles is only a few weeks into his new life in Northampton but already feels at home and can’t wait to sample life in the Premiership. The French No.8, nicknamed the ‘Ice Berg’ for his low centre of gravity and massive thighs, moved to the East Midlands five week ago following Les Bleus’ tour […]

Sixteenth year of profitability at Franklin’s Gardens

Northampton Saints plc, the parent company of Aviva Premiership club Northampton Saints, continues to lead the way in English professional sport by declaring a 16th year of profitability. The achievement is unprecedented in top flight professional rugby and is even more remarkable given that it was a year of significant disruption on and off the pitch that affected the club’s income from playing a

2016 Season Ticket Holder Forum details announced

Season Ticket Holders can now book their place for this year’s Forum, being held at Franklin’s Gardens on Monday, September 26th, 2016. As in previous years, Season Ticket Holders will be able to hear about the latest developments at the club and plans for the future, and will have the opportunity to ask questions of chairman Tony Hewitt, chief executive Allan Robson, director of rugby Jim Mallind

Double leg break for Stephenson

Northampton have been hit by an injury blow ahead of the new season after Tom Stephenson suffered a broken leg in a pre-season fixture. The post Double leg break for Stephenson appeared first on

International players available for sponsorship

A final few international players in the Saints first team squad are available for sponsorship ahead of the 2016/17 season. Players still available include club captain Tom Wood, along with Luther Burrell, Ken Pisi, Ahsee Tuala and Campese Ma’afu. Player sponsors will see their logo on their chosen individual’s profile both in the match programme and on the club’s website, as well as the big scree

Aviva ‘A’ League fixtures announced

Premiership Rugby has today announced the Wanderers’ Aviva ‘A’ League fixtures for the coming season. As in previous years the Aviva ‘A’ League sees the 12 teams split into two Conferences, North and South, with each team playing the other once. This season sees the Saints travel to Newcastle and Worcester, with Leicester, Wasps and Sale all heading to Franklin’s Gardens.

Aviva A League fixtures confirmed

Newcastle Falcons quest to improve on last year’s appearance in the Aviva A League semi finals gets underway against Northampton Wanderers on Monday 12th September, as Premiership Rugby today confirm fixtures for the 2016/17 season. One of only two home games for the A Team this season, the opening match will kick off at 19:15 on the same evening as the club’s meet and greet event for season ticket holder members. Three consecutive away trips will see the Falcons travel to face Leicester on September 19th, Worcester on October 3rd and a pre Christmas trip to play Sale on December 19th

Ludlam: Pre-season friendlies are crucial for preparation

Saints forward Lewis Ludlam said that Rotherham Titans were a tough side to face in the second of two pre-season friendlies to take place at Franklin’s Gardens on Saturday afternoon. The Saints found themselves 5-0 down after 20 minutes but came back to score 52 unanswered points to secure a 52-5 victory, with Ludlam scoring a second half try. “The Titans are not an easy team at all

Kessell: It was good to play the Pirates at Franklin’s Gardens

Saints scrum half Tom Kessell said that it was good to finally play at the Gardens again ahead of the 2016/17 season which starts next month. Kessell started at scrum half as the Saints secured a 35-19 victory over his former club, the Cornish Pirates, in the first of two pre-season matches in the Double Header at Franklin’s Gardens on Saturday afternoon.

Hopley happy with Dublin week

Senior Academy coach Mark Hopley says that the Saints Under-18s headed home with plenty of positives after their week in Dublin. The club’s Junior Academy youngsters headed west to play their counterparts from Leinster Schools and Leinster Clubs over the past few days, with plenty of training, analysis and team building included for good measure along with the games themselves. The matches themsel

Saints beat the Pirates and the Titans in Gardens’ Double Header

The first home matches of the season took place this afternoon with the Saints securing a 35-19 victory over the Cornish Pirates followed by a 52-5 victory over Rotherham Titans at the Gardens. The Pirates had the first opportunity to get on the scoreboard, with Will Cargill’s attempt going just wide of the uprights, before Alex Waller crossed in the left corner.

Saints beat the Pirates in first Double Header match

The first home match of the season took place this afternoon with the Saints securing a 35-19 victory over the Cornish Pirates in the first of two matches at the Gardens. The Pirates had the first opportunity to get on the scoreboard, with Will Cargill’s attempt going just wide of the uprights, before Alex Waller crossed in the left corner. Stephen Myler was on target with the conversion to give t

England a good fit for Picamoles

France number eight Louis Picamoles thinks playing in the Premiership is only going to benefit his game after he moved to Northampton. The post England a good fit for Picamoles appeared first on

Estelles: I’m happy to be here after Rio Olympics

The Saints’ new signing Juan Pablo Estelles says that he is happy to be in Northampton and that he is keen to learn from both his team mates and his coaches at Franklin’s Gardens. Estelles arrived in Northampton on Tuesday following his appearances for Argentina’s rugby sevens team at the Olympics in Rio, and he is keen to make the most of his time at the Gardens. Speaking to SaintsTV, Estelles sa

Saints versus Saracens heading back to stadiumMK

Northampton Saints supporters will have the opportunity to set another venue attendance record at stadiumMK next April when their team takes on Saracens in the Aviva Premiership on Sunday, April 15th. Over 27,000 supporters flocked to stadiumMK in April 2015, setting a milestone that was only beaten when the venue hosted its three Rugby World Cup matches later that same year. As with the previous

Martin Scelzo

Major teams: Northampton, Narbonne, Clermont, Agen Country: Argentina Test span: 1996-2011 Argentina caps: 59 (33 starts) Test points: 50 (10T)Playing at tighthead prop is rarely, if ever, a case of rocking up to a big stage for the first …Continue reading »

Tom Smith

Major teams: Watsonians, Dundee, Glasgow, Brive, Northampton Country: Scotland Test span: 1997-2005 Scotland caps: 61 (61 starts) Lions caps: 6 (6 starts) Test points: 30 (6T)Size doesn’t matter. Just ask Scotland’s Tom Smith.

Wayne Shelford

Major teams: North Harbour, Northampton Country: New Zealand Test span: 1986-90 New Zealand caps: 22 (22 starts)
 Test points: 20 (5T)When debates rage over the hardest men to ever play rugby union, Wayne ‘Buck’ Shelford will forever get a mention. …Continue reading »

Sam James handed four-year Sale deal

Sam James has become the latest player to pen a four-year deal with Sale Sharks. The 22 year-old, who made his Premiership debut for the club back in 2014 against Northampton, really made his mark last season as one of the best young talents in English rugby. He scored seven tries in 24 appearances and […]

Pat Lam

Major teams: Auckland, Northampton, Newcastle Country: Samoa Test span: 1991-99 Test caps: 34 (34 starts) Test points: 25 (5T)Though Auckland-born, Pat Lam is of Samoan descent and is revered on the rugby-mad island. Not only as a teak-tough …Continue reading »

Saints recruiting community coaches

The Northampton Saints community department is now recruiting experienced coaches to join its team. These coaches will deliver the club’s range of programmes across Northamptonshire, especially within local schools, and will be expected to identify appropriate community groups with whom to develop partnerships for future activities. There is one full-time role of approximately 35 hours per week, w

LEINSTER SCHOOLS U18s 10 SAINTS U18s 13 Comeback kids do it again

The Saints Under-18s produced another remarkable comeback, this time in Dublin, to go two from two in their pre-season preparations thanks to Fraser Dingwall’s late, late penalty. A converted try and penalty conceded saw them head for the changing rooms with a 10-0 deficit, but as they did against Wasps on Friday, the young Saints turned it up after the break. Joe Green – among the scorers at Stow

Saints leading the way in establishing Sevens legacy

Rugby Sevens has been one of the hits of the opening week of the 2016 Olympic Games, with the skills and athleticism of the men and women taking part earning praise and plaudits across the globe. Team GB’s successful few days, in which the men won the silver medal and women reached the semi-finals, will no doubt inspire conversations and debate about how best to establish Rugby Sevens’ place withi