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Saints Chief Executive blows whistle on career

Northampton Saints Chief Executive retires. Credit: PA

Northampton Saints have announced that Chief Executive Allan Robson will be retiring at the end of the season.

Robson has been at Franklin’s Gardens for nearly two decades, joining as commercial director in 2000 and then stepping up to chief executive in 2006.

He said:

It has been a rollercoaster ride at times and while the successes we have had on and off the pitch have been enjoyable, I am also very proud of the way we have come through the low points, too, which have given us the strength to make us the club we are today.

“The Saints supporters are second to none in their passion and desire for us to do well, and we have the best group of sponsors in the league. It has also been an exciting time to be a part of club rugby, which has grown dramatically over the past few seasons.

– Allan Robson

Northampton's North ruled out of Wales v England clash

George North won't feature against England. Credit: PA

Northampton Saints wing George North will not play for Wales against England today in the Six Nations after failing to recover from a leg injury.

The 24-year-old was named in the original starting XV, but has failed a late fitness test.

He will be replaced by Alex Cuthbert who scored two tries in the Six National title decider between the two sides in Cardiff four years ago.

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Northampton Saints land Australian international Horne

Rob Horne has signed for Northampton Saints. Credit: PA

Northampton Saints have signed Australian international Rob Horne.

The 27-year-old will join up with the club next season, bringing to an end a nine-year stay with the NSW Waratahs.

Outside centre Horne has 33 caps for his country and was named as the Wallabies' vice-captain in 2016.

Rob has played at the highest level of the sport for nearly a decade and we’re delighted that he has put pen to paper and agree to come to Franklin’s Gardens.

He’s going to be a real asset for us, both with his quality of play and his leadership experience in what is a crucial position.

– Jim Mallinder, Northampton Saints director of Rugby

Horne himself said that he was looking forward to the next stage of his career in England and trying to help his new team push on in the Aviva Premiership.

“Northampton is a club with a strong history and I look forward to being a part of that at the club,” Horne said.

"I’m excited for the journey ahead and experiencing Aviva Premiership and European rugby.”

England and Hartley target more Six Nations glory

The Six Nations gets underway later, with England looking to defend the title they won in such impressive fashion a year ago.

The Red Rose, led by Northampton Saints hooker Dylan Hartley, are unbeaten in 14 matches and host France at Twickenham live on ITV this evening.

Louis Picamoles will line up for the French, while fellow Saints star George North will have to wait until tomorrow for his first appearance of the tournament when Wales travel to Italy.

England v France, Six Nations, Saturday 4 February, 16:50, live on ITV

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Northampton Saints star Hanrahan to return to Ireland

JJ Hanrahan is returning to Ireland. Credit: PA

Northampton Saints fly-half JJ Hanrahan will return to former club Munster this summer.

The 24-year-old left the Irish province to join the Saints back in 2015, but will now rejoin his former employers at the end of the season.

Hanrahan has made more than 30 appearances for the Saints during his time at Franklin's Gardens.

Fellow Irish players Chris Farrell and James Hart have also agreed to move to Munster.

I've always indicated our intention to recruit Irish qualified players where and when possible so to secure the young trio of Farrell, Hanrahan and Hart is great for the province and Irish rugby in general.

In addition to being hugely talented they bring a wealth of knowledge with their combined experiences from playing abroad and this will help with our overall squad development.

– Rassie Erasmus, Munster Director of Rugby

North makes successful return as Saints win at Gloucester

George North made his return to the Northampton Saints squad yesterday. Credit: PA
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George North made a successful return to rugby yesterday as he helped his Northampton Saints side beat Gloucester in the Aviva Premiership.

The Welsh international showed no ill effects from the head injury that had seen him sidelined since early December and came through the match unscathed.

A dramatic late penalty try won the game for the Saints, who were trailing 12-6 with just seven minutes to go.

The victory lifted Jim Mallinder's men up to sixth in the Premiership ahead of their game against bottom-of-the-table Bristol next Saturday (January 7).

North missing from Northampton squad to face Sale

North won't play against Sale. Credit: PA

Northampton Saints have decided against selecting George North for their Premiership clash against Sale tomorrow night.

It was thought the 24-year-old would be involved at Franklin's Gardens but he hasn't made the 23-man squad.

Northampton were told yesterday they won't face any sanctions following an investigation into the Welsh international's recent head injury against Leicester.

George North has both trained with the squad and undergone a specialist review this week.

All parties have agreed that North continue with a full training schedule with the rest of the club’s players to ensure he is fully prepared for first team action.

– Northampton Saints statement
  • Northampton Saints team to face Sale Sharks

Ben Foden, Ken Pisi, Luther Burrell, JJ Hanrahan, Juan Pablo Estelles Stephen Myler, Nic Groom, Alex Waller, Mikey Haywood, Kieran Brookes, Courtney Lawes, Christian Day, Tom Wood (capt), Teimana Harrison, Louis Picamoles

North expected to be cleared for Sale clash

George North could return against Sale. Credit: PA

George North could be in line to make his Northampton Saints comeback as early as Friday night.

The Welsh international fell awkwardly on his head following a tackle by Leicester's Adam Thompstone earlier this month.

Providing a specialist gives him the all clear, he's likely to be back in contention for the Saints' Premiership clash against Sale.

A Concussion Management Review Group is due to reveal the findings of their investigation into why North was allowed to play on against Leicester at some point tomorrow.

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