NORTHAMPTON SIGN PRESCOTT

Northampton Saints have signed Leinster prop Ben Prescott till the end of the season. The Libyan-born 32-year-old only moved to the Irish province in September from Nottingham, whom he joined just four months earlier from Rotherham.

“Having Ben in the squad will provide cover in a position where you can never have too many players,” said Saints director of rugby Jim Mallinder.

“He has shown his quality consistently at Championship level.”

He added: “We have a lot of games coming up and I’m sure that Ben’s experience will come in useful.”

NORTHAMPTON RECORD WIN OVER CARDIFF

Northampton rugby team recorded a much-needed win over the Cardiff blues. A Dan Parks penalty gave the visitors the lead, and although a converted Paul Diggin try put Saints in front, three Parks penalties put the Blues 12-7 up.

A Stephen Myler penalty made it 12-10 at the break and Saints went in front through Chris Ashton’s converted try.

Two more Myler penalties then kept the Blues at arm’s length, despite a fifth penalty from Parks for the visitors.

Northampton head into next Sunday’s return in Cardiff as clear pool leaders with 12 points, three points clear of second-placed Castres, who beat Edinburgh 21-16.

WILSON FEARS FOR IRELAND’S CAREER

Northampton Saints’ Irish forward Roger Wilson says that he is concerned over this international career. The 29-year-old number eight, who has earned just one Ireland cap, against Japan in 2005, was left out of Declan Kidney’s autumn internationals squad.

And the big Saints man told BBC Look East: “I am disappointed. Declan Kidney hasn’t included too many players based over in England.

“I’d say ‘Never say never’ but it’s likely I’m not going to be involved.” Wilson has made 69 appearances for Saints, scoring five tries, since his move from Ulster in 2008, which he hoped might have put him more in the spotlight for international recognition.

“It was one of the reasons why I moved over here,” admits Wilson.