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Mallinder says signing Biggar is a 'statement of intent' by Northampton Saints

Saints Jim Mallinder says the signing of Dan Biggar is a statement of intent by the club

Northampton Saints Director of Rugby Jim Mallinder says the signing of Wales and Lions fly-half Dan Biggar is a 'statement of intent' by the club.

Biggar will join from Ospreys in time for the start of next season.

Click below to see Donovan Blake's interview with Jim Mallinder on Dan Biggar's signing

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Wales and Lions star Biggar signs for Saints

Welsh star Dan Biggar is joining Northampton Saints next summer

Northampton Saints has confirmed that Dan Biggar has signed a contract to join the club next summer.

The fly half has been one of the Northern Hemisphere’s stand-out performers in recent years, having made 56 appearances for Wales, 203 for the Ospreys and toured with the British and Irish Lions to New Zealand earlier this summer, during which he played in five of the 10 matches.

The 27-year-old has been Wales’s starting fly half for the majority of the past four years, winning the 2013 Six Nations title and being the man of the match in Wales’s memorable Rugby World Cup win over England in 2015, a game in which he kicked 23 points.

At club level Biggar was the youngest player to pass the 200-appearance mark for the Ospreys, a feat he achieved last season. To date he has scored over 2,000 points for the region, earning a reputation as one of the league’s most accurate marksmen in the process.

Director of rugby Jim Mallinder says that Biggar’s signing is a big statement of intent about the Saints’ ambitions over coming seasons.

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Dylan Hartley signs new deal with Northampton Saints

Hartley captained Saints to Premiership and European Challenge Cup titles in 2014 Credit: PA

Dylan Hartley has been re-appointed as captain of Northampton Saints for a second time.

It comes as the 31 year old signs a new contract at Franklin's Gardens.

His old deal had been due to expire at the end of next season.

The hooker has made more than 200 appearances for Saints since joining them from Worcester Warriors in 2006.

Last season, fellow England international Tom Wood skippered the side as Saints finished seventh in England's top flight.

Hartley has led England to successive Six Nations titles under head coach Eddie Jones.

The decision to offer Dylan the captaincy is no reflection on how Tom Wood led the team last season. Tom is an outstanding leader himself who is fully committed in training and in games each and every week, and he will remain an important part of the leadership group. But we felt that Dylan is in the right place both personally and professionally to be our captain once again.

We’re also delighted that he has signed a new contract to stay at Franklin’s Gardens. Dylan has been one of the best hookers in Europe for several years and is hugely committed to the Saints.

– Director of rugby Jim Mallinder

Saints start Premiership assault at rugby HQ

Saints stars set for new season

The Aviva Premiership fixtures have been released and Northampton Saints will open their campaign at the home of English Rugby.

They'll be part of a double header as they take on European champions Saracens will face Northampton while London Irish will play Harlequins at Twickenham on the opening weekend.

The first home match will be against derby rivals Leicester, and fans can look forward to a home game just before Christmas with a game against champions Exeter.

Full fixtures at the club website.

Saints' George North ruled out of Lions tour

North claimed a try in Tuesday's Hurricanes draw Credit: PA

Northampton Saints' George North has been ruled out of the rest of the British and Irish Lions tour.

The winger suffered a hamstring injury during Tuesday's 31-31 draw with the Hurricanes.

North will return home this weekend for further treatment, along with teammate Robbie Henshaw, who suffered a torn pectoral muscle.

North misses out on Lions Test

George North will sit out the first Test. Credit: PA

George North has been left out of the British and Irish Lions squad for Saturday's first Test against New Zealand.

The Northampton Saints star had been widely expected to start on the wing against the All Blacks, but Warren Gatland has opted for Wasps' Elliot Daly instead.

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Saints teammate Courtney Lawes will also have to settle for a watching brief, while the team will be captained by Ireland's Peter O'Mahoney.

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