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George North: "Wasps defeat was an eye-opener for Northampton Saints"

George North in action for Northampton Saints against Gloucester earlier this season. Credit: PA

Northampton Saints star George North says his side won't dwell on last weekend's surprise defeat to Wasps.

The reigning Premiership champions lost for the first time this season at Adams Park, but North is hopeful of putting things right on Sunday at Newcastle Falcons.

"Obviously Gloucester went so well, and when you go down to Wasps, it's a completely different atmosphere and a different game.

But for us, it was a bit of an eye-opener and we'll take that on the chin and work on the next one."

– George North, Northampton Saints

Newcastle Falcons v Northampton Saints, Aviva Premiership, Sunday 21 September, 2pm

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Draw made for rugby's European Champions Cup

Northampton Saints have been drawn in Pool 5 for the European Rugby Champions Cup.

They'll play Racing Metro, Ospreys and Treviso. Last season's beaten finalists Saracens will tae on Munster, Sale Sharks and Clermont Auvergne.

Local rivals Leicester Tigers have been drawn with Scarlets, Ulster and reigning champions Toulon.

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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Northampton no longer 'rabbits in headlights' - Tom Wood

Northampton Saints and England forward Tom Wood believes the fear factor has gone out of their squad as they chase a League and European Cup double at Twickenham today (Saturday)

The Saints bid for their 1st Aviva Premiership title to add to the Amlin Challenge Cup secured last week against Bath.

"I think we've matured a lot as a team," said Wood. "I think we've gone there before and I think we've got the hurt of the last four years behind us spurring us on.

"We've recruited well, and we've a couple of British Lions come into the team which has added some firepower to the team.

"We've been developing our culture behind the scenes. I think we're starting to see the rewards of that out on the pitch.

"We've been a little bit 'rabbits in headlights' at times. We've had a lot of success in getting to finals and semi-finals but not quite known how to control those big days

"I'd like to think we're in a slightly better place now."

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