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Sean Maitland double inspires Saracens to convincing win over Northampton

• Saracens 36-17 Northampton• Saints pay price for fielding a back division of youngstersAt the best of times, it pays not to go to Saracens the week after they have been beaten. Northampton need to be particularly careful, there being something about …

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Northampton Town’s missing money: company director given 10-year ban

• Grossman was hired to oversee £10m Sixfields development• Director admitted company paid £1.5m to himself and familyThe director of a company accused of misappropriating millions of pounds in public money intended for the redevelopment of Northampton…

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Josh Bassett try gets Wasps back to winning ways against Northampton

• Wasps 27-16 NorthamptonThe future shape of English club rugby is again a subject of heated debate but for Wasps the soothing balm of this much-needed victory was all that mattered. After only one win in their previous 13 games they badly needed a con…

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Lewis Ludlam taking his chance after patient wait at Northampton | Paul Rees

The flanker has not progressed as quickly as some of his former England Under-20 teammates but has been listening and learning from those around him at Franklin’s GardensThis time last year England were fretting over the lack of options at openside fla…

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Dylan Hartley’s knee injury troubles continue as Six Nations looms

• Northampton omit England hooker from squad to face Wasps• Hartley has only one match to prove fitness to Eddie JonesDylan Hartley has been ruled out for Northampton with a knee injury for the second consecutive week, less than a month before England …

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

How long can Worcester allow Ben Te’o to twiddle his thumbs in the stand, could a rare defeat now galvanise Saracens and Sale would surely love Robert du Preez to stay onWorcester’s marquee player, Ben Te’o, got no closer to the pitch than the stand de…

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Northampton show positive signs in comprehensive win at Worcester

• Worcester 6-32 Northampton• Visitors climb into top half of Premiership table with winNorthampton showed evidence of how their game is evolving under their New Zealand director of rugby, Chris Boyd, more fluid and ambitious, but it was the result tha…

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Rugby union: talking points from the Premiership and international action

Gloucester’s Ollie Thorley and Harlequins’ Alex Dombrandt made their mark but scrums remain a mess – ask Jamie George Related: Pools of intrigue: how the Rugby World Cup groups stack up | Paul Rees Continue reading…

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Rugby union: talking points from the Premiership and international action

Gloucester’s Ollie Thorley and Harlequins’ Alex Dombrandt made their mark but scrums remain a mess – ask Jamie George Related: Pools of intrigue: how the Rugby World Cup groups stack up | Paul Rees Continue reading…

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George North: ‘I had to get back to my best. That meant being in Wales’

The wing believes his move to the Ospreys – after five years at Northampton – will protect his health before the World CupThere are few more stirring sights in the game than George North in full stride, head back, with the ball tucked under his outside…

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Football League roundup: Portsmouth stay top, Forest Green lose record

Tom Naylor and Gareth Evans goals earn Portsmouth winInjury-time winner ruins Forest Green record Portsmouth’s momentum at the top of the table is growing following their ninth win of the season, a 2-1 defeat of AFC Wimbledon. The visitors enjoyed seve…

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Rugby union: talking points from the weekend action

Joe Cokanasiga will bring bulk to England’s backline and Billy Vunipola does the game a good turnAlready it seems likely Joe Cokanasiga will win his first England cap this autumn and the smart money would be on him doing so against Japan in the third m…

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Jonny May injury mars Leicester’s dismantling of Northampton

• Leicester 23-15 Northampton• Tries from Ben Youngs and Jordan Olowofela score for TigersRugby’s high casualty rate was again exposed during a match that was played here to raise money for Northampton‘s former Australia centre Rob Horne, whose career …

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Tom Youngs: ‘When my wife was ill, rugby was a release for me’

The Leicester captain feels like he is getting back to his old self after coming through a period of intense stress and emotionSometimes we forget that rugby is just a game and those who play it are human beings. The outcome of Northampton’s game again…

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Northampton’s Twickenham tribute to Rob Horne after horror injury

Australian centre’s right arm was left paralysed following a collision while he was playing for Northampton against Leicester at Welford Road last seasonFew Australians, Eddie Jones included, receive heartfelt standing ovations at Twickenham but this w…

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

The high-scoring extravaganzas should be enjoyed while they last but it seems nobody will get anywhere near the top twoWe know it will not last once the winter bites, but this has been quite the September if a points frenzy is your thing. This match wa…

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Northampton secure victory in breathless encounter at Bristol

• Bristol 40-45 Northampton• Sheedy scores 15 points after replacing Ian MadiganAnother weekend, another points fest. This one topped 80, the odd try in 11 earning Northampton their second win of the season. Under Chris Boyd, the improvement in their g…

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

Kiwi coaches deliver a very British contest, Joe Marler left to count his blessings, and the amazing jet-set Willie le RouxTwo New Zealand coaches presided over an old-school British game in which the set pieces shaped the outcome. Todd Blackadder is i…

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Bath hang on for first home win as Saints’ Dan Biggar misses final kick

• Bath 17-15 Northampton• Home side move up to fourth in Premiership tableCrisis? What Crisis? After the opening night shambles at Bristol, Bath moved into the play-off positions by coming from behind to defeat Northampton in the wind and rain at the R…

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Bath hang on for first home win as Saints’ Dan Biggar misses final kick

• Bath 17-15 Northampton• Home side move up to fourth in Premiership tableCrisis? What Crisis? After the opening night shambles at Bristol, Bath moved into the play-off positions by coming from behind to defeat Northampton in the wind and rain at the R…