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Make or break for Northampton Saints

Franklin's Gardens. Credit: Press Association.

The pressure is on Northampton Saints with the next two games set to make or break their season.

A week tomorrow they have to beat fierce rivals Leicester to keep their Premiership campaign alive.

But first it is win or bust in the Quarter Finals of the European Champions Cup.

Donovan Blake looks ahead to their contest with the Premiership leaders.

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Hartley reportedly a doubt for Grand Slam decider

Hartley (centre) lifts the Six Nations trophy in his first campaign as captain. Credit: PA

England rugby captain Dylan Hartley could miss this weekend's Grand Slam decider against France, according to reports.

The Daily Mirror say that the Northampton Saints star sat out training at Pennyhill Park today after picking up an injury.

Exeter Chiefs hooker Luke Cowan-Dickie would be the favourite to replace Hartley should the worst be confirmed.

England have already been crowned as this year's Six Nations champions, but still need to beat France in Paris to complete a first Grand Slam since 2003.

Return of the Saint: Lawes back in England squad

Courtney Lawes - back with England Credit: PA

Just hours after being told he was surplus to requirements - Courtney Lawes is back with England's 6Nations Rugby squad.

It comes after lock Joe Launchbury has been ruled out of Saturday's RBS 6 Nations match against Ireland, the Rugby Football Union has announced. Northampton Saints Lawes has been called into the squad as a replacement.

Lawes out of England 6 Nations squad to face Ireland

Courtney Lawes and Eddie Jones Credit: PA Images

Northampton Saints star Courtney Lawes has been dropped from the England squad to face Ireland at Twickenham.

Lawes misses out in favour of Saracens' Maro Itoje.

It means that Lawes, can play in Northampton's Aviva Premiership clash with Worcester on Saturday.

England Squad: Forwards D Cole (Leicester Tigers), J Clifford (Harlequins), J George (Saracens), D Hartley (Northampton Saints, capt), J Haskell (Wasps), P Hill (Northampton Saints), M Itoje (Saracens), G Kruis (Saracens), J Launchbury (Wasps), J Marler (Harlequins), C Robshaw (Harlequins), B Vunipola (Saracens), M Vunipola (Saracens).

Backs: M Brown (Harlequins), D Care (Harlequins), E Daly (Wasps), O Farrell (Saracens), G Ford (Bath Rugby), A Goode (Saracens), J Joseph (Bath Rugby), J Nowell (Exeter Chiefs), A Watson (Bath Rugby), B Youngs (Leicester Tigers).

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Northampton Saints centre Burrell earns England recall

Luther Burrell is back in the England squad. Credit: PA

Northampton Saints centre Luther Burrell has been recalled to the England squad ahead of this weekend's Six Nations clash with Ireland.

The call-up marks a return to the international fold for the 28-year-old, who was famously dropped from the World Cup squad at the last minute by former coach Stuart Lancaster.

Burrell admitted the rejection left him "broken" and was subsequently given time off by the Saints to get over the blow.

However, he will now have a chance to impress new boss Eddie Jones after Bath's Ollie Devoto was ruled out with concussion.

Northampton Saints to honour Barwell family with opening of new stand

The Barwell Stand will be officially opened today. Credit: ITV News Anglia

The new North Stand at Northampton Saints' Franklin's Gardens will be officially opened today (February 13).

The 2,000-seater Barwell Stand has been used since early November but a ceremonial cutting of ribbon will take place this afternoon before Saints' Premiership clash with London Irish.

The day will be dedicated to the Barwell family who have played a key role in the running of the club in recent years.

A number of Saints legends will also be paraded in front of the crowd before kick-off.

"Although the Barwell Stand will honour the name for years to come, it is only fitting that supporters are given the opportunity to show their gratitude and thanks to Keith and the rest of the Barwell family for what they have done for Saints over the years which has culminated in us being where we are today - one of the best clubs in England.

One of Keith's core beliefs was that the club is bigger than any one individual, which is why we're inviting players who have put their names in the history books by having played hundreds of times in the first team to join us, and why we're working with local schools to tell youngsters about our past that we're so proud of.

It will be a great occasion, and we're looking forward to seeing another full house to help make this a memorable day for Keith and his family."

– Allan Robson, Northampton Saints Chief Executive

Northampton Saints v London Irish, Aviva Premiership, Saturday 13 February, 15:00

England rugby squad named: No place for Tom Youngs

Dylan Hartley is widely tipped to be England captain despite his disciplinary problems. Credit: Joe Giddens/PA Wire/Press Association Images

Four players have the Anglia region have been named in new coach Eddie Jones' first 33-man England squad.

Dylan Hartley, Paul Hill and Courtney Lawes of Northampton Saints and Norfolk's Ben Youngs of Leicester Tigers are in the squad.

No captain named at this stage but Dylan Hartley is widely tipped despite his disciplinary problems. The Northampton hooker, 29, was dropped from the World Cup squad after a series of disciplinary breaches.

Norfolk's Tom Youngs have been left out of the England rugby squad named by Eddie Jones. Credit: Nigel French/PA Archive/PA Images

The notable omissions from the squad is Ben's brother Tom Youngs, the Leicester hooker who has been dropped and Northampton Saints' Tom Wood.

England head coach Eddie Jones says he has "chosen a lot of new players on the growth we see in them".

"The long-term strategy for England is to develop a side who can be the most dominant team in world rugby. Jones says "the door is not shut for anyone" after naming his first squad.

“I have spoken to some of the players who have not been selected," he said. "Naturally they will be disappointed and that is how it should be. They know what they need to do to get back into this squad.

"There is no such thing as a shut door because of injuries and loss of form. There will always be opportunities to anyone playing consistently well in the Premiership and Europe.”

– Eddie Jones, England Head Coach

The squad will meet at Pennyhill Park on 24 January to prepare for their opening Six Nations match against Scotland in Edinburgh on Saturday 6 February.

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