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Northampton Saints second row Christian Day has been called up the England training squad for the Six Nations as cover for injured Leicester Tigers forward Geoff Parling.
The 31-year-old hasn't previously been capped by the senior team, but has turned out for the England Saxons.
Leicester Tigers flanker Tom Croft has also been called up to the squad as cover for Day's Saints teammate Tom Wood who injured his ankle in the weekend defeat to Racing Metro.
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Northampton Saints star Courtney Lawes will miss the start of England's Six Nations campaign as he undergoes surgery to repair a troublesome ankle injury.
The second row hasn't played since the Saints' win over rivals Leicester Tigers back in December.
Northampton Director of Rugby Jim Mallinder hasn't ruled out Lawes being fit for the backend of the Six Nations.
Meanwhile, fellow Saints player Ben Foden will have a scan today on a knee injury picked up in the weekend's European Cup win over Ospreys.
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The Rugby Football Union has handed Northampton Saints captain Dylan Hartley a three week suspension for an elbow thrown at an opponent during the weekend's clash with Leicester Tigers.
Hartley was sent off in the Aviva Premiership match between Saints and Leicester Tigers for striking Matt Smith with his elbow. The Northampton Saints hooker pleaded guilty and the case was heard via conference call by Jeremy Summers, sitting as a sole Judicial Officer.
“The sanction reflects the low end entry point of the offence, which carries a two-week tariff. The entry point was aggravated having regard to Dylan’s previous record and a week was taken off to reflect mitigating circumstances. As such the sanction reflects the player’s record rather than the seriousness of the offence itself.”
Hartley is banned until January 11, 2015. The decision means he wil miss Saints' next three Premiership matches, but will be available for England selection for the start of the Six Nations Championship in February.
Northampton Saints players have committed their futures to the club. Among them fly-half Stephen Myler, who's the second highest points scorer in Saints history.
Fellow backs George Pisi, Tom Stephenson and James Wilson are the others. The news welcomed today by one of the Saints star forwards.
Toulon owner Mourad Boudjellal has confirmed that Northampton Saints forwards Samu Manoa and Salesi Ma’afu will sign for his club at the end of the season.
The news will come as a blow to Northampton who had managed to tie down their other prized assets in Dylan Hartley and Courtney Lawes last week.
American star Manoa has been handed a four-year contract by the European Champions, and Boudjellal has backed him to impress in France.
“Samu Manoa is the first four-year contract that I have signed.
For me, he will become the star of the Top 14. He is a rugby phenomenon, made for Mayol."
Toulon have also agreed a deal to sign Saints prop Ma’afu, while New Zealand centre Ma’a Nonu and Clermont winger Napolioni Nalaga have also joined.
Seven Northampton Saints players, including England star Courtney Lawes, have signed new contracts with the club.
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