IMPORTANT VICTORY

Northampton beat Sale Sharks 24 points to 17 at the Franklin’s Garden in the Aviva Premiership.

The Sharks were punished heavily for the lack of discipline on field as Stephen Myler scored seven penalties for Northampton to secure them a much needed win.

NORTHAMPTON STRUGGLING FOR POINTS

The club is currently under the chairmanship of Leon Bar well and coached and captained under Jim Mallinder and Dylan Hartley respectively. The club is associated with the Aviva premiership and regularly plays at this league.

Currently ranked 5th in the EPC, Northampton has a total of 5 points. They have managed to keep their game play and position in the charts consistent and this is what makes them recognizable.

NORTHAMPTON OUT OF THE CUP

Northampton will not be repeating last season’s European heroics as their 41-22 defeat to Castres secured their exit from this season’s Heineken Cup.

Saints reached the final last season before being defeated by Leinster in the showpiece. But three defeats from their opening three games in the pool mean they will not be competing in the business end of the biggest tournament in Europe.

MALLINDER UNHAPPY WITH BAN

Northampton’s head coach and contender for the England managerial vacancy, Jim Mallinder, has labelled the ban handed down to Saints and England star Chris Ashton this week as “harsh”, hinting that Northampton may well appeal against the wingers four week suspension.

SAINTS AGREE TO LEAVE REIHANA

Northampton rugby union have agreed to release Bruce Reihana for France. Mark Easter is set to join Sale Sharks, with Joe Ansbro heading to London Irish and Dan Sanderson moving to Moseley.

Director of rugby Jim Mallinder has also opted to release Regardt Dreyer and Matt Cornwell.

"They have all contributed to the team's development over the past few seasons," said Mallinder.

"A squad is not just about the 23 players who represent the club on match day.

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NORTHAMPTON CONFIRM DEPARTURES

Northampton have said that Bruce and Shane have left the club. Mark Easter is set to join Sale Sharks, with Joe Ansbro heading to London Irish and Dan Sanderson moving to Moseley.

Director of rugby Jim Mallinder has also opted to release Regardt Dreyer and Matt Cornwell.

"They have all contributed to the team's development over the past few seasons," said Mallinder.

"A squad is not just about the 23 players who represent the club on match day.

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REIHANA WILL NOT RETIRE

Northampton Saints wing Bruce Reihana has said that retiring is not on his mind at the moment and he wants to continue in rugby.

The 34-year-old is in his testimonial year and is waiting to see if the Premiership club offer him a new contract beyond 2011.

Reihana told BBC Look East: "I still love playing the game, the physicality, the training and the camaraderie.

"When my body and mind go, that's when it's time to give up and it's certainly not yet."

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MALLINDER PRAISES PLAYERS

Northampton Saints boss Jim Mallinder has praised his players for their performance. Chris Ashton scored two tries in the 26-19 win, while team-mates Ben Foden, Tom Wood and Dylan Hartley also featured in the Six Nations opener.

Mallinder told BBC Look East: "Tom had an outstanding debut. He didn't seem out of place and actually excelled.

"Dylan answered all the critics with a good performance. Ben had another really solid game. I'm delighted."

Jim Mallinder refused to condemn wing Chris Ashton too harshly for his one-handed, diving try in the game.

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MYLER SIGNS NEW DEAL

Northampton Saints fly-half Stephen Myler has agreed to a new deal with the club. BBC Radio Northampton understands that the 26-year-old will now stay at Franklin's Gardens until the end of the 2012/13 season.

He told the club's website: "Saints is a great place to be at the moment and I'm delighted to be staying here.

"Obviously there are plenty of things to consider, but it ultimately comes down to a rugby decision."

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DOWSON GETS NEW DEAL

Phil Dowson has secured a new deal with the Northampton Saints. The 29-year-old, who can play in all three back-row positions, has featured 47 times since joining from Newcastle in the summer of 2009.

"I wanted to stay and the club seemed pretty keen for me to stay, so it was a no brainer really," he said.

"We set high standards, which come from the top, and the quality of the squad shows that we need to be ambitious."

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