Northampton break semi-final hoodoo to set up showdown with Leicester
Wales winger can help take Northampton to the next level, says Jim Mallinder.
Six weeks ahead of the start of the rugby season and Northampton Saints have been testing their fitness with a rigorous military workout.
Northampton Saints' Alex Corbisiero is a doubt ahead of England's clash with the All Blacks on Saturday.
Corbisiero faces a key training session later this afternoon that should determine his availability to face New Zealand at Twickenham as he continues his comeback from a knee problem.
"We're monitoring Alex now. He's normally a one session per game player, especially on a Tuesday when we do two heavy sessions," forwards coach Graham Rowntree said.
"We'll know more after we've monitored him this afternoon. As far as I'm concerned we're still as we are for the weekend."
The Northampton prop completed a routine meeting with a specialist on Monday night after playing the second half of last Saturday's victory over Argentina.
Rowntree said: "It's nothing out of the ordinary, it's part of his knee management in conjunction with Northampton and our team physios."
Northampton Saints have been gearing up for their highly anticipated meeting with Leicester Tigers on Saturday.
Memories of the Saints defeat in last season's play-off final must be still fresh for their fans, but the players and coaches have moved on, including their Director of Rugby Jim Mallinder.
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New Northampton Saints chairman Tony Hewitt has said he's honoured to take over the chairmanship of the club.
He said there were challenges ahead but the club were in a very strong position.
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Northampton Saints are preparing for their showpiece Premiership Final at Twickenham on Saturday.
Northampton are up against their fierce rivals Leicester, featuring Norfolk brothers Ben and Tom Youngs.
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Bedford Blues Rugby Club has failed to meet the standards required to be eligible for promotion to the Aviva Premiership.
An independent report has concluded that the club does not meet the minmum requirements as defined by the Professional Game Board.
Other promotion chasing clubs , Newcastle Falcolns, Leeds Carnegie and Nottingham Rugby have passed the standards test.
No many rugby contests come bigger than Northampton Saints against Leicester Tigers on Saturday. Again there's plenty at stake with both clubs still in the hunt for the Premiership title.
The Saints, however, have lost the last six meetings against their fierce rivals.
Director of Rugby Jim Mallinder is hoping they can halt that sequence at Franklin's Gardens.
Although some railways were saved from Dr Beeching's axe, hundreds of others were closed, seemingly gone forever. Among them the line between Peterborough and Rugby.
ITV News Anglia reporter Claire McGlasson took a trip along a route now consigned to the history books.
It has been reported that Northampton Saints are targeting Wales star George North.
The 31-times capped winger has more than a year left on his Scarlets contract, but the 20-year-old's agent Christian Abt is said to have confirmed that talk are taking place over a possible transfer to Saints.