Inside Line: Lewis Ludlam leads Northampton Saints play-off push – and shows value to England

It would later emerge that Ludlam had suffered a rib injury and missed the remainder of the tournament. In retrospect, especially with other back-row injuries, England missed him.  Ludlam must have been immensely frustrated. Now, though, he can channel that... Read more

Pat Lam unhappy with officiating as Dan Biggar escapes red in Northampton’s win over Bristol

Again Northampton were unable to maintain their two-score lead for long with Yann Thomas burrowing his way over the line after the home side infringed directly from kick off. Callum Sheedy, who had missed all his kicks until this point,... Read more

Northampton and George Furbank blown off course as Sale make Saints pay for profligacy

Northampton Saints 21 Sale Sharks 22 Northampton, who would have put this contest to bed on another day, were unable to capitalise on the superiority they enjoyed as Sale battled to an unlikely victory. It was a game that never... Read more

Steve Diamond blasts Worcester’s defensive frailties as his reign begins with defeat to Northampton

Worcester could only muster a penalty from outside-half Fin Smith as Diamond’s efforts to fire them up were quickly doused by their opponents. They had twice turned down what would have been eminently kickable penalties but their desire to seek... Read more

Courtney Lawes efforts in vain as Ulster leave Northampton Saints’ European hopes hanging by a thread

His side, with Phil Dowson in temporary charge, contributed gamely to a compelling match, which breathed some life in a tournament that is desperate for a splash of colour after a couple of dark months. But, ultimately, they were comfortably... Read more

Northampton boss Chris Boyd give two-match ban for saying referee ‘didn’t have enough nuts’

Chris Boyd, the Northampton Saints director of rugby, has been suspended from all matchday coaching duties for two games after suggesting referee Adam Leal “didn’t have enough nuts” to penalise Saracens during a key moment in Northampton’s recent 30-6 defeat.... Read more

Northampton boss Chris Boyd faces disciplinary hearing for saying referee ‘didn’t have enough nuts’

Chris Boyd, the Northampton Saints director of rugby, will face a virtual disciplinary hearing on Thursday after suggesting referee Adam Leal “didn’t have enough nuts” to penalise Saracens during a key moment in Northampton’s recent 6-30 defeat. Boyd was referring to... Read more

Phil Dowson to replace Chris Boyd as Northampton’s next director of rugby

Yet his greatest impact has been in nurturing the club’s crop of young players who were stagnating under the previous management. Academy products Lewis Ludlam, George Furbank, Alex Mitchell, Ollie Sleightholme and Tommy Freeman have all come into recent England... Read more

Northampton Saints cruise to comfortable bonus-point win away at Newcastle

It was a miserable afternoon for the hosts and director of rugby Dean Richards said they must cut out the errors. “It was a disappointing performance from us today, we didn’t do as we had been planning and what we had... Read more

Meet Paul Shields – Northampton Saints’ head of recruitment who is searching for the next Yato

As Northampton’s head of recruitment and retention, Paul Shields spends a lot of his day shifting through a snowstorm of spreadsheets and video footage. Every so often inside the blizzard, he will identify a gold nugget. Shields remembers when he... Read more

Saracens’ second-half blitz enough to down Northampton on Jamie George’s return to action

The only slight blip on a fine afternoon in the pouring rain for McCall’s men was another injury to Billy Vunipola who was removed from the battle at half-time after taking a blow to the face in s collision. The... Read more

George Furbank interview: Cricket was always my first love – until I realised I was better at rugby

His first rugby memory is of England winning the World Cup in 2003, but Freddie Flintoff was one of his first childhood heroes. “It was from the 2005 Ashes. I had the DVD of that series and I must have... Read more

Electric Finn Russell runs the show as magnificent Racing 92 pulverise Northampton

If he was a footballer, we would be talking of Russell’s performance in terms of Lionel Messi, his fellow Parisian. It will provide cold comfort to Northampton to have been in the presence of genius. Try-scorer Fraser Dingwall provided a... Read more

‘Patchy’ Northampton brush Bath aside – and set sights on tougher tests ahead

Northampton made short, clinical work of an out of sorts Bath with a six-try beating but Chris Boyd remains realistic about the European battles that now lay ahead for his men. The director of rugby had the look of a... Read more

Northampton may have the most biased fans in rugby — but they’re right about this team

He looks like he’s having a kickabout with his mates The huge lump missing at the moment is Taiqele Naiyaravoro. He will be back soon to inflict his usual physical pummelling, both on his flank but also running off scrum... Read more

Northampton Saints claim bonus-point win over derailed Bristol

Bristol Bears 20 Northampton Saints 36 Courtney Lawes enjoyed a triumphant return to club action following his England captaincy exploits as Saints shone brightly at Ashton Gate. Lawes, who stepped in for an absent Owen Farrell to lead his country... Read more