# Northampton Saints

This year
# Punishment
Munster's Jack O'Donoghue receives 3-week suspension
The 28-year-old was sent off during his side’s recent Champions Cup clash with Northampton
# a hundred thousand phases
'You didn't need to say anything to him... It was literally just a nod and a high five'
The madness of Munster’s 42nd-phase drop-goal victory over Northampton in 2011 as told by one man in red, one man in green, and one man in the gantry.
Last year
# Ambition
Munster back playmakers to shine against Northampton and ignite their season
The province have rewarded Jack Crowley with his first start at inside centre after he linked up well with Joey Carbery last weekend.
# Keep calm and carry on
Northampton looking to put Leicester hidings firmly behind them
Saints suffered two heavy defeats against their rivals in the regular league season and now come up against them in a playoff showdown.
# Deja Vu
Ulster striving for their best form against familiar opponents following Munster defeat
The province’s attack coach Dan Soper has been speaking about their preparations for Sunday’s Champions Cup meeting with the Northampton Saints.
All time
# The Saints Are Coming
Henderson returns from injury to captain Ulster against Northampton
The Ireland lock suffered a hamstring injury prior to last month’s victory against Argentina.
# Final Four
'It is cup rugby, it is all or nothing, and the lads have risen to the occasion'
Ulster booked a place in their first European semi-finals for nine years with victory in Franklin’s Gardens.
# marching on
Ulster progress to Challenge Cup semis with comeback win over Northampton
Dan McFarland’s side beat the Saints by eight points to secure place in the last four.
# Ulster
McCloskey: 'It is a new goal for us - we'll try our best to win it'
Ulster face Northampton in tonight’s Challenge Cup quarter-final.
# Hearing
Northampton's Wood cited for clearout on Van der Flier
The 34-year-old escaped punishment for the 70th-minute incident during which contact was made between his shoulder and the Leinster back row’s head.
# brotherly love
Ringrose returns for Leinster and Harry wins battle of the Byrne brothers
Ryan Baird starts a European game for the first time in the RDS Arena tomorrow and is joined by James Ryan in the second row.
# Waiting Game
Biggar emerges as injury doubt for Wales after limping out of Northampton loss to Saracens
The 30-year-old lasted just 20 minutes into the Saints’ 27-21 defeat by the English champions.
# case dismissed
Northampton Saints trio cleared following citings from defeat to Leinster
Lewis Bean, Andy Symons and Matt Proctor are all free to play after the complaints were dismissed.
# dancing feet
'He goes out and expresses himself' - Plenty of praise as Larmour continues to flourish at 15
The versatile full-back’s form will please Andy Farrell ahead of his first Six Nations as Ireland head coach.
# Room to improve
Cullen wants 7-try Leinster to be even more clinical
The province scored seven tries for the second week running, but the head coach was annoyed by the chances they left behind.
# Seven Up
Ringrose bags another hat-trick as imperious Leinster roll over Saints again
Leo Cullen’s side scored seven tries against Northampton for the second week running.
Leinster v Northampton Saints, Champions Cup
Kick-off at the Aviva Stadium is at 17:15.
# Team news
Furlong and Ross Byrne in for Leinster's Champions Cup meeting with Saints
Scott Fardy captains the side at the Aviva Stadium in the absence of Johnny Sexton.
# in his defence
Ringrose says his missed tackle statistics don't tell full story
The Leinster centre has argued his case after some defensive errors during last weekend’s defeat of Northampton Saints.
# pillars of success
'Dev has been fantastic... you can see that he wants back into the national squad'
Leo Cullen’s side are thriving thanks to the presence of in-form men all over the pitch.
Northampton Saints v Leinster, Champions Cup
Relive all the action as Leo Cullen’s team struck for seven tries at Franklin’s Gardens.
# Hanging up the boots
Ex-England captain Hartley retires at the age of 33
The hooker is the nation’s second-most capped player, having made 97 appearances.
# Friendly
Leinster go three from three in pre-season with victory at Northampton
Leo Cullen’s side enjoyed another useful work-out at Franklin’s Gardens this evening.
# summer schedule
Cullen's Leinster to play Champions Cup pool opponents in pre-season friendly
The Pro14 champions will continue their preparations for the new season with a trip to face Northampton Saints.
# lock out
Six Nations over for England lock Lawes
The Northampton second row will be out for four weeks with a calf injury.
# Friday Night Lights
Biggar-inspired Northampton stun Premiership leaders Exeter
The Welsh international scored 16 points as the Saints pulled off a big upset.
# luckless
Wallabies centre Horne forced to retire a week after suffering arm injury
Northampton Saints confirmed the news this morning.
# Saint to Sinner
George North punished by Northampton Saints for failing to show up for training
North was accused at the time by Alan Gaffney of not being interested in playing for the club he’s due to leave at the end of the season.
Gaffney angry at North's Northampton no-show
“We picked a side who actually wanted to be out on the pitch and the best side for the game.”
# Race Against Time
Blow for Wales as injury-stricken George North a doubt for Six Nations opener
The winger suffered a fresh injury that will require four weeks of rehabilitation.
# The Gaffer
Northampton appoint ex-Munster boss Gaffney following sacking of Mallinder
The 70-year-old Australian will oversee affairs at Franklin’s Gardens until the end of the season.
# End of an era
Sort it early! Wales want to appoint Gatland's successor in 2018
The identity of his successor at the helm could be known more than a year before he is due to leave the role.
# Contract Negotiations
Wales confident of keeping Gatland despite Northampton links
Northampton Saints may be interested in Warren Gatland, but Wales expect him to stay until his contract expires after the 2019 World Cup.
# Garden fate
Northampton confirm interest in Gatland as a replacement for Mallinder
The Saints are searching for a new director of rugby after sacking Jim Mallinder last week.
# Jim'll not fix it
Jim Mallinder sacked after over a decade in charge of Northampton Saints
Mallinder took the reins at Franklin’s Gardens in the summer of 2007 and later won the club’s first Premiership.
# Vroom vroom
North is 'a Ferrari in the garage' but Northampton 'can't find the key'
Former Northampton Saints team manager Lennie Newman on George North’s departure.
# In the dock
England trio Hartley, Hughes and Marler facing bans after European citings
Indiscipline at club level could cost Eddie Jones three players for the November internationals.
# Garden's fate
Northampton sign Springbok flanker Brussow to fill Picamoles void
The 31-year-old flanker has made 23 appearances in the South African back row.
# Premiership
Scintillating Saracens thrash Saints as London Irish return with thrilling Twickeham win
There were also wins for Wasps, Gloucester and Newcastle on the opening weekend of the new Premiership season.
# Champions Cup
14-man Northampton deliver magnificent comeback to claim play-off win over Stade
Ahsee Tuala scored the winning try to ensure the Saints’ place in next season’s competition.