Saracens v Northampton Saints: Tom Vickers' match preview

Fixture: Saracens v Northampton Saints
Stephen Myler is set to make his return from injury (picture: Sharon Lucey)

North and Myler named on Saints bench for Saracens clash

George North and Stephen Myler are set to make their return from injury at Saracens on Saturday after being named among the Saints replacements.

Harry Mallinder has been called up by England (picture: Kirsty Edmonds)

Saints youngster Mallinder handed England call ahead of Six Nations opener

Harry Mallinder has been handed an England call ahead of the Six Nations opener against Italy in Rome on February 4.

Tom Stephenson played a key role against Gloucester and Clermont (picture: Kirsty Edmonds)

Stephenson making up for lost time at Saints

Tom Stephenson could barely have imagined a better 50th appearance for Saints.

Alan Dickens says Saints can't wait to square up to Saracens on Saturday (picture: Kirsty Edmonds)

Saints haven't forgotten about difficult days against Saracens

Alan Dickens says Saints would be 'foolish' to forget the past two games against Saracens as they head to Allianz Park on Saturday.

Jamie Gibson helped Saints beat Gloucester before being given last weekend off (picture: Kirsty Edmonds)

Gibson raring to go as Saints prepare to face Saracens again

Jamie Gibson admits he hated not playing in Saints' superb win against Clermont Auvergne last weekend.

George North is back in full training (picture: Sharon Lucey)

Wales star North back in full training at Saints

George North is close to making his return from injury after training fully at Saints this week.

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Dylan Hartley has skippered Saints to back-to-back victories (picture: Kirsty Edmonds)

Dickens delighted with Hartley's leadership at Saints

Interim head coach Alan Dickens says anyone who has criticised Dylan Hartley in recent weeks needs to 'have a look at themselves'.

Richard Gleeson and Ben Duckett will take part in the North-South Series (picture: Kirsty Edmonds)

Northants duo get call for North-South Series

Northants stars Ben Duckett and Richard Gleeson have been selected to take part in the 2018 North-South Series.

Alan Gaffney has overseen two wins from as many matches since arriving at Saints

Gaffney's arrival crucial in lifting confidence levels at Saints

Cobus Reinach says Alan Gaffney's arrival has been crucial in lifting Saints' confidence levels.

Harry Mallinder impressed at fly-half against Clermont Auvergne

Dickens hails attitude of Saints youngster Harry

Interim head coach Alan Dickens has hailed the attitude of Harry Mallinder following the youngster's latest impressive showing at fly-half for Saints.

Api Ratuniyarawa produced a huge performance for Saints against Clermont (picture: Dave Ikin)

Northampton Saints 34 Clermont Auvergne 21: Tom Vickers' review and player ratings

Maybe the Champions Cup isn't that bad after all.

Ben Foden scored a superb try for Saints (picture: Dave Ikin)

Dickens salutes 'fantastic' Saints after win against Clermont

Interim head coach Alan Dickens saluted 'fantastic' Saints after their five-try success against Clermont Auvergne at Franklin's Gardens on Saturday evening.

The Saints supporters were able to celebrate a long-awaited success last Saturday (picture: Kirsty Edmonds)

Northampton Saints v Clermont Auvergne: Tom Vickers' match preview

Fixture: Northampton Saints v Clermont Auvergne
Tom Stephenson will make his 50th Saints appearance on Saturday (picture: Kirsty Edmonds)

Saints decide against big shake-up for Clermont clash

Saints have opted against a big shake-up for Saturday's Champions Cup clash with Clermont Auvergne at Franklin's Gardens.

Tom Collins scored in the win against Leicester back in September (picture: Sharon Lucey)

Collins closing in on Saints return as he celebrates contract extension

Tom Collins is targeting a return to action in the upcoming Anglo-Welsh Cup games as he bids to celebrate his new Saints deal with wins.

Alan Gaffney saw Saints beat Gloucester last Saturday (picture: Kirsty Edmonds)

Communication key as Gaffney gets Saints moving forward

Alan Gaffney has held 'explicit and honest' meetings with members of the Saints squad in a bid to improve the team's performance on the pitch.

Phil Dowson is now Saints' defence coach (picture: Kirsty Edmonds)

Dowson's switch to defence starting to pay dividends at Saints

When Phil Dowson was switched to the role of Saints defence coach a couple of weeks ago, some may have seen it as rearranging the deckchairs on the titanic.

Tom Wood helped Saints to secure a vital win against Gloucester last Saturday (picture: Kirsty Edmonds)

Saints star Wood: Meaningless matches don't exist

"For us as players, the idea of a dead rubber doesn't exist."

Tom Collins has signed a new deal at Saints

Saints hand new deals to highly-rated duo

Saints have tied two of their brightest prospects to new contracts with Tom Collins and Lewis Ludlam committing their future to the Franklin's Gardens club.
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