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Northampton Saints hit 500 in rugby's Premiership

It's 500 not out for Northampton Saints as they reach the landmark in English Rugby's top flight.

Last season's beaten play-off semi finalists host Worcester Warriors for the milestone match at Franklin's Gardens.

Mikey Haywood makes his first senior appearance in eleven months, while Ben Gibson also returns to the starting line-up.

Northampton Saints Director of Rugby Chris Boyd - a New Zealander - and the rest of his coaching team will be on opposite sides of the England/All Blacks divide for Saturday morning's World Cup Semi-Final.

But once time ticks towards the 2 o'clock kick-off they'll form a united front in a bid to make it two wins out of two in the Gallagher Premiership.

The Saints surprised defending champions Saracens at Allianz Park last Saturday (October 19), scoring three tries in their 27-25 win.

And they're calling for their young squad to prove that it wasn't a one-off.

"The grit and determination that allowed us to get there is something you need.

"If you want to compete at the top level, you got to have that and we've got to carry that for the next seven-eight months to be competing where we want to be competing."

– Sam Vesty, Northampton Saints attack coach

Northampton Saints Attack Coach Sam Vesty and centre Andy Symons reflect on their win over Saracens and look forward to the Rugby World Cup semi-finals

In the RFU Championship Bedford host Ealing Trailfinders tonight (Friday 7.45pm) while Ampthill visit London Scottish Saturday (3.00pm)