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Back to school as Saints prepare for London Irish

Back-to-back wins for Northampton Saints certainly led to a positive forum between season ticket holders and Saints chairman Leon Barnwell on Thursday night.

A couple of players were able to transmit some of that positivity during a visit to one of the town's primary schools ahead of the visit by London Irish on Saturday.

Click below to watch a report by ITV News Anglia's Sports Correspondent Donovan Blake:

Rugby: Clark ruled out of Six Nations

Calum Clark in action for Northampton

In Rugby Union there's been a big blow for Northampton Saints and England today after flanker Calum Clark confirmed he needs a shoulder operation.

The 23-year-old was injured in the weekend Heineken Cup defeat against Glasgow and has said he'll be out of action for the foreseeable future.

As well as being a crucial stage of the season for Saints, it also means that Clark is almost certain to miss the whole of the Six Nations championship which begins next month.

Rugby: Saints lose by the narrowest of margins

Northampton Saints lost by a single point and the thickness of the crossbar against Saracens in the Premiership this afternoon.

Saracens raced into an early 11-0 lead at the Stadium:MK, but a Phil Dowson try and a conversion, plus a penalty from Stephen Myler brought Saints back to 11-10 at the break.

The second was tight, with the teams exchanging penalties. But with the 80 minutes up, fly-half Stephen Myler had a long range chance to win it for Saints - but his penalty attempt hit the cross bar and came back, giving Saracens victory by 17 points to 16.


Saints forward faces disciplinary

Dylan Hartley Credit: Nigel French / EMPICS Sport

It has been confirmed that Northampton and England forward Dylan Hartley is to face a disciplinary hearing.

It comes after he was cited for striking Ulster forward Rory Best with his arm during a Heineken Cup Pool 4 match on Friday 7 December. The European Rugby Cup said that details of the hearing date will be announced shortly.

Saints' star Foden "out for weeks"

Saints' full-back Ben Foden Credit: PA

Northampton Saints say full-back Ben Foden is likely out be out for a number of weeks after being injured in last Friday's Aviva Premiership victory over Bath.

The club says Foden, 27, damaged his ankle ligaments and is due to see a specialist on Wednesday.

It means he may also miss England's autumn series of internationals which start in November.

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