Premiership success for Saints

Northampton Saints have won the Aviva Premiership final against Saracens at Twickenham.

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Mallinder to stay at Saints for next five years

Mallinder at the Aviva Premiership Final Credit: Joe Giddens/EMPICS Sport

Northampton Saints director of rugby Jim Mallinder has signed a contract to stay at the club for a further five years.

Saints won the Aviva Premiership for the first time in their history at the weekend in a thrilling 24-20 win over Saracens.

It was their second title of the season, having also won the Amlin Challenge Cup.

Jim Mallinder joined the club in 2007 as director of rugby, the new contract will take him through to 2019.

Thousands welcome home successful Saints

Thousands of people packed into Northampton town centre to welcome home the Saints rugby team after their victory in the Aviva Premiership final.

They beat Saracens at Twickenham - clinching victory in the final seconds of extra time.

The team took the trophy on an open top bus tour in front of thousands of fans.

Saints parade trophy

Northampton Saints players have started their victory celebrations in the town.

Northampton Saints with the Premiership trophy Credit: ITV Anglia
Saints players arrive on an open top bus Credit: ITV Anglia

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Saints to celebrate with open top bus parade

The victorious Northampton Saints will be joining their supporters in the Market Square as they celebrate their triumph over Saracens at Twickenham.

The new Aviva Premiership champions will bring both the Premiership trophy and Amlin Challenge Cup into the town centre on Sunday 1st June.

At 12.30pm the Saints players and coaching staff will leave Franklin's Gardens on an open top bus and make their way to the Market Square. The Saints will arrive on the Market Square at around 1pm, the players will parade the both trophies before they make their way to the Guildhall.

Fans wanting to get the best view will want to gather on the Market Square before 1pm. When the open top bus arrives there will be opportunities to see the trophies and take photos.

At about 2pm the players will make their way to the steps of the Guildhall to be formally congratulate.

This is a fantastic day for Northampton. Once again the Saints have done us proud bringing not one but two trophies back home and being crowned champions of England. I am looking forward to meeting with each player at the Guildhall to let them know, on behalf of the town, how proud we are of their achievements and what they mean to our town. I would like to invite everyone to come into the town centre on Sunday to join us in recognising and celebrating the team's success. So bring your Saints colours and help us give a great welcome to the players who proudly represent Northampton every week.

– Councillor David Mackintosh, Leader of Northampton Borough Council

Saints win Aviva Premiership

Some of the saints players celebrating Credit: David Davies/PA Wire/Press Association Images

Northampton Saints have won the Aviva Premiership final against Saracens at Twickenham.

Saracens took the lead through two penalties but Saints hit back thanks to a Ben Foden try and a Stephen Myler conversion.

After another penalty from Owen Farell, Saints again came back strong thanks to a George Pisi try, once again Stephen Myler converted....

Saracens made it 14-all in the 72nd minute but Charlie Hodgson's conversion hit the post.

The match then went to extra time. Saints eventually won the thrilling game in the dying minute- 24 points to 20.

Saints fans celebrating Credit: Donovan Blake
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