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Charity match played in honour of Northampton Saints' former chairman

Leon Barwell died aged 46 after suffering from cancer for 18 months. Credit: ITV News Central

Rugby World Cup winners came together to support a cancer charity set up in memory of Northampton Saints' former chairman, Leon Barwell.

Stars like Jason Robinson and Matt Dawson took to the field for a charity football match at Sixfields in his memory this afternoon.

The money raised by the game will help support families of other cancer victims.

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Northampton Saints pair Manoa and Ma’afu to join Toulon

Samu Manoa is heading to Toulon. Credit: PA

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."

– Mourad Boudjellal, Toulon owner
Salesi Ma’afu is also heading for the exit door. Credit: PA

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.

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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.

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Saints to celebrate with open top bus parade

The victorious Northampton Saints will be joining their supporters in the Market Square as they celebrate their triumph over Saracens at Twickenham.

The new Aviva Premiership champions will bring both the Premiership trophy and Amlin Challenge Cup into the town centre on Sunday 1st June.

At 12.30pm the Saints players and coaching staff will leave Franklin's Gardens on an open top bus and make their way to the Market Square. The Saints will arrive on the Market Square at around 1pm, the players will parade the both trophies before they make their way to the Guildhall.

Fans wanting to get the best view will want to gather on the Market Square before 1pm. When the open top bus arrives there will be opportunities to see the trophies and take photos.

At about 2pm the players will make their way to the steps of the Guildhall to be formally congratulate.

This is a fantastic day for Northampton. Once again the Saints have done us proud bringing not one but two trophies back home and being crowned champions of England. I am looking forward to meeting with each player at the Guildhall to let them know, on behalf of the town, how proud we are of their achievements and what they mean to our town. I would like to invite everyone to come into the town centre on Sunday to join us in recognising and celebrating the team's success. So bring your Saints colours and help us give a great welcome to the players who proudly represent Northampton every week.

– Councillor David Mackintosh, Leader of Northampton Borough Council
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