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Piers Francis Enjoying Competition In Saints

New Northampton Saints Piers Francis, who is at the fly-half position, says he is enjoying the competition at the club for places ahead of the new season of the Aviva Premiership which is underway next month.

In the championship, the Saints will face Saracens the European champions on September 2 at Twickenham and it will be before the derby big home match, which will be played against the team Leicester Tigers following week.

Francis is a 27-year-old and he has joined the team recently from New Zealand side Auckland Blues, joining the team, he insists, in the team, he is not taking his position for granted at all.

He has played two games against Argentina for England in the beginning of this summer. Credit: PA

Collectively, we are putting all our effort to work and play together and come out as the best, and obviously, the competition in own personal place is best for that. (more…)

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Cambridge Rugby Club has announced its first signings for the new summer.

The new signings will see them bring on the trio of Pierre Peres, Henry Peck and Cameron Keenan onto the team.

In addition to that,Euan Kingdom colts’ player has been promoted to the first team squad in anticipation of the forthcoming National League One campaign.

In regards to new additions, there has been little news emanating from Volac Park but Ross Stewart, the club’s director of Rugby has been quite a busy man behind the scenes.

One of the signings, Peck is a 20 year old prop who arrives at the club after spending the last two years at Ampthill.

A former Millfield School pupil, Peck has represented England at the under-16 level.

Stewart had this to say about him: “I worked with Henry at Northampton Saints, he was an outstanding scrummager and has the attributes that we want in a young prop and player.

“He wants to step up to the next level, and he has seen at Cambridge that we have given players the opportunities.

“I’m looking forward to working with him again.” He concluded. (more…)

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The game between Northampton and Leicester Tigers which will see Northampton as visitors, will be the first East Midlands derby for Michael Paterson.

The flanker, ahead of the derby, has said that the game is a must win game for them. He was part of the Northampton Saints team that went on to concede a late score last Friday in their game against Newcastle Falcons.

With five minutes into the game, Saints had battle valiantly, and thus secured a 16-15 lead with no more than 5 minutes left on the clock. This was despite the absence of prop, Kieran Brookes who had been sent off just two minutes before half time.

They could not keep the lead for so long or even go on to extend it as NikiGoneva crossed before the extras were kicked in by Joel Hodgson.

Paterson and his fellow squad mates will on Saturday, visit Welford Road in the game against Leicester Tigers and for the flanker, he believes it would be a lively game for them and a vital one at that especially since it was between a close rival of theirs. (more…)

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Tom Wood Likes Frozen Song

Well, Tom Wood, the captain of Northampton Saints, listens to, wait for it – ‘Let It Go’ from Frozen for inspiration while he’s at the gym.

According to him, this global hit is a big inspiration for him. That sounds totally odd, right? Yes, it does. But they don’t care. The team is happy to listen to ‘Let It Go’ the whole day, if it helps them perform well. After all, who would think that those big, macho men will listen to Disney tunes for inspiration? Wood, 29, confirmed that they played the song couple of times at the gym.

There’s more to come. Wood recently appeared on BBC Radio. He talked extensively about the Disney tune. Moreover, he beat Ian Hunter, the former Saints player (he also played for England), in a ‘Disney theme tune’ quiz – that too for a score of 9-1!

You thought only his music taste pointed at the children’s movies? You are wrong. When asked about his favorite film, he picked ‘The Jungle Book. And he was unabashed about his love of Disney films in general. He said he has always been a fan of Disney films and music. Those movies teach you a lot of valuable life lessons, he said. He added that those movies provide a lot of moral guidance and knowledge. May be, Disney films can offer a lot of insight to adults as well! (more…)

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South African youngster Howard to join Northampton Saints

Aviva Premiership Rugby Football Union club the Northampton Saints have pulled off a transfer coup by securing the services of young South African centre Pat Howard for the 2015/16 season.

The 23 year old will join the English giants from South African Super Rugby club the Stormers. He also had spells with the Stormers’ feeder club Western Province, where he won the prestigious Currie Cup as well as with Munster in Ireland for whom he played in both the European Rugby Champions Cup as well as the Guinness Pro 12, earning a lot of plaudits for his performances.

He returned to Cape Town at the beginning of the Super Rugby tournament to turn out for the Stormers but will cut short his spell with the side and move north and England to link up with the Northampton Saints for the upcoming season of the Aviva Premiership, the LV=Cup and the European Rugby Champions Cup.

Howard said that the move came about for him in the right time and he is looking to add a lot more experience of playing in Europe to his name. He added that he really enjoyed his short spell in Europe with Munster earlier this year and when the Saints began to show interest in his services, it was hard for him to decline. (more…)

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Northampton Saints Win Against Harlequins

Northampton Saints became the winner in their match against Harlequins. Northampton Saints scored 17 points while the score of the Harlequins was 13. The match took place on 27th February, Friday at Franklins Gardens which is in Northampton.

Northampton saints are at present at the top of the league table with 13 wins. Before the first half of the match came to an end, they managed to score 7 points while the score of Harlequins stood at 6 points. James Wilson scored for the Northampton Saints taking advantage of the lack of discipline in their opponents. The touchdown that James Wilson scored further advanced his team towards victory.

Tom Wood managed to score a point for his team by doing a driving maul. The 22 years old Marland Yarde who plays for Harlequins also managed to score a point at the very last part of the match. (more…)

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