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Harry Mallinder’s career depends on finding best role, say Northampton

• England youngster has played at 10, 12 and 15 for Saints• Alan Gaffney: ‘We’ve got to work out what is best for Harry’Harry Mallinder, one of the eight uncapped members of England’s Six Nations squad, risks having his career “destroyed” if he is not …

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Owen Farrell orchestrates Saracens romp against Northampton

• Saracens 62-14 Northampton Saints• Farrell kicks 27 points to boost Saracens’ quarter-finals pushSaracens could not have asked for more in their attempt to squeeze into the Champions Cup quarter-finals through the back door – racking up yet another h…

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Jacobus Reinach try seals Northampton comeback against Clermont Auvergne

• Northampton 34-21 Clermont Auvergne• Saints trailed French opponents by five points at half-timeThe revival continues. Northampton’s hopes in Europe have long gone, along with most of the dignity they bore into this season, but they have salvaged wha…

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European Champions Cup: pool-by-pool guide to the weekend games

• Leinster’s Seán O’Brien to miss start of Six Nations after hip operation• Liam Williams starts for Saracens in make-or-break trip to OspreysChris Robshaw is absent from the Harlequins team to face Wasps after picking up what the club have described a…

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Rugby union: talking points from the weekend’s Premiership action

Manu Tuilagi needs more time to recapture his best form while Wales’s Josh Adams is at the top of his game and will deserve a first Six Nations call-upBecause it is Manu Tuilagi, the question had to be asked, but if he were picked for England now it wo…

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Rugby union: talking points from the weekend’s Premiership action

Manu Tuilagi needs more time to recapture his best form while Wales’s Josh Adams is at the top of his game and will deserve a first Six Nations call-upBecause it is Manu Tuilagi, the question had to be asked, but if he were picked for England now it wo…

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Revitalised Northampton give winning start to Alan Gaffney against Gloucester

• Northampton 22-19 Gloucester • New coach says victory after 11 defeats means ‘the monkey is off our back’Alan Gaffney’s focus on his first week in charge of a Northampton side that had endured 11 successive defeats in the Premiership and European Cha…

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Ken Pisa inspires Northampton to sink Gloucester and end losing streak

• Northampton 22-19 Gloucester• Alan Gaffney oversees end to Saints’ 11-match winless runWhen Northampton last played Gloucester they were top of the Premiership but defeat at Kingsholm at the beginning of October marked the start of an 11-match losing…

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Alan Gaffney leads charge of the old guard as Northampton battle begins

Saints’ 71-year-old interim coach will need all his experience to reverse slide and justify club’s decision to overlook bright young English candidatesThe wise old owl is enjoying a revival. Alan Gaffney, Alan Solomons and Jacques Brunel were all appoi…

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Alan Gaffney leads charge of the old guard as Northampton battle begins

Saints’ 71-year-old interim coach will need all his experience to reverse slide and justify club’s decision to overlook bright young English candidatesThe wise old owl is enjoying a revival. Alan Gaffney, Alan Solomons and Jacques Brunel were all appoi…

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Wales suffer Six Nations blow with George North set to miss opener

• Northampton wing out for a month with knee injury• North looks likely to miss Scotland game on 3 FebruaryWales’ plans for the Six Nations have suffered a setback with George North doubtful to be fit for the start of the tournament.North has not playe…

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Dylan Hartley given vote of confidence as England captain by Eddie Jones

• Northampton hooker will lead England in Six Nations despite club struggles• Billy Vunipola will not be rushed back to face Italy on 4 FebruaryEddie Jones has backed Dylan Hartley to lead England into the Six Nations Championship next month despite th…

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Alan Gaffney sets sights on top-four finish by revitalising Northampton

• Australian keen to instil confidence before Gloucester’s visit on Saturday• Dylan Hartley to remain captain despite criticism after Twickenham defeatAlan Gaffney believes he can guide Northampton to a top-four finish in the Premiership despite the cl…

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Rugby union: talking points from the weekend’s Premiership action

George North injury increases Saints’ woes, Dean Richards is unhappy as Newcastle’s wings are clipped while Johan Ackermann adds ‘icing’ to GloucesterIt was just a footnote on Saturday amid Northampton’s countless woes at Twickenham but George North in…

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Harlequins’ Marcus Smith orchestrates a new hammering for Northampton

• Harlequins 50-21 Northampton• 18-year-old fly-half shines against inept SaintsThe new year cannot come quick enough for Northampton, humiliated again on their second outing to Twickenham this season by a hot-stepping Harlequins, for whom the 18-year-…

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Premiership dips toe in deep pool of free-to-air viewers with live debut

Casual rugby fans are target for broadcast of Harlequins v Northampton on Channel 5 in search for balance between pay TV riches and terrestrial TV’s reachFor the first time in its history Premiership Rugby pulls back the curtain to a live free?to-air T…

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Northampton appoint Alan Gaffney as coaching consultant to end of season

• Former Saracens rugby director in interim charge after Jim Mallinder’s sacking• Australian takes charge of first match on 6 January against GloucesterNorthampton have appointed the Australian Alan Gaffney – formerly Eddie Jones’s assistant with the W…

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Will Chudley solo try for Exeter exposes rudderless Northampton’s slump

• Northampton 14-35 Exeter• Saints crash to their 10th consecutive defeat in major competitionsIf Northampton hope that sending their director of rugby westward might spur them into the typical improvement of the chastened outfit, they do so in vain. J…

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Dylan Hartley lets rip at former Saints players as Northampton close ranks

• Hooker says current squad are to blame for Mallinder’s sacking• Wales rule out possibility of Warren Gatland joining clubDylan Hartley has rounded on the former Northampton players who have voiced their criticism of the club after a woeful run of for…

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Dylan Hartley lets rip at former Saints players as Northampton close ranks

• Hooker says current squad are to blame for Mallinder’s sacking• Wales rule out possibility of Warren Gatland joining clubDylan Hartley has rounded on the former Northampton players who have voiced their criticism of the club after a woeful run of for…