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The season is a success already for the Blues but going up would seal it well

Kettering can be proud of their achievements this season – no matter what the outcome of this weekend’s Midlands One play-off with Bournville happens to be.

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Oundle host Coalville in their play-off tomorrow

Eagles are prepared to fly even higher

Oundle are just 80 minutes away from keeping their amazing run of promotions going.

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Saints suffered an agonising defeat to Saracens at Stadium MK (picture: Kirsty Edmonds)

Tom Vickers' Exeter Chiefs v Northampton Saints preview

Fixture: Exeter Chiefs v Northampton Saints (Aviva Premiership - round 21)

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JJ Hanrahan is set to be handed a key role in Saints' final two fixtures (picture: Kirsty Edmonds)

Saints boss Mallinder backs Hanrahan to step up in Myler’s absence

Jim Mallinder has backed JJ Hanrahan to step up for Saints, with Stephen Myler set to miss the final two games of the season.

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Alex Waller is ready to square up to Exeter (picture: Kirsty Edmonds)

Saints prop Waller ready for 'massive' Exeter showdown

Alex Waller admits Saints face a 'massive challenge' at Sandy Park on Saturday.

Jim Mallinder has recruited several players for next season (picture: Kirsty Edmonds)

Saints 'close' to finalising squad for next season

Jim Mallinder says Saints are close to finalising their squad for next season.

Stephen Myler is set to miss Saints' final two games (picture: Kirsty Edmonds)

Saints suffer Myler injury blow

Stephen Myler is set to miss Saints’ final two games of the season due to a knee injury.

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Nafi Tuitavake scored for the Wanderers (picture: Dave Ikin)

Six-try Wanderers storm into A League final

The Wanderers booked their place in next week’s Aviva A League final with a 49-31 win against Saracens Storm at Franklin’s Gardens.

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George Pisi is back from injury

Pisi returns for semi-final against Saracens

George Pisi is set to make his return from injury in the Wanderers’ Aviva A League semi-final against Saracens Storm at Franklin’s Gardens tonight (kick-off 7.30pm).

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Mark Darbon (centre) with Tony Hewitt (left) and John White

Mark Darbon appointed new chief executive at Saints

Mark Darbon has been named as the new chief executive at Saints.

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Dylan Hartley has been in good form for Saints during the past three matches (picture: Kirsty Edmonds)

Saints so happy with Hartley's hard work

He might not have been handed a seat on the plane to New Zealand - but there is no doubt that Dylan Hartley has done everything he could to be given a Lions shirt in recent weeks.

David Ribbans (right) has settled in well at Saints (picture: Kirsty Edmonds)

Ribbans already showing star quality at Saints

While three successive matces ending in late heartache has sparked a feeling of misery among Saints supporters, there have been some beacons of light amid the gloom.

Jim Mallinder (picture: Kirsty Edmonds)

Mallinder knows Quins clash will be so crucial for Saints

Whatever way you look at it, Saints’ final-day fixture against Harlequins at Franklin’s Gardens looks set to decide the destination of the last guaranteed Champions Cup slot.

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Howard Packman will join Bedford this summer (picture: Dave Ikin)

Saints wing Packman set for Bedford switch

Howard Packman has become the second Saints player to agree to join Bedford Blues this summer.

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George North

Saints wing North hopes to help Lions repeat 2013 heroics

Saints star George North is hoping to help the Lions repeat their heroics of four years ago when they head to New Zealand this summer.

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Courtney Lawes got a Lions call

Saints star Lawes confident Lions can cause an upset

Courtney Lawes believes the Lions can cause an upset in New Zealand this summer.

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Kettering will this weekend hope to secure a home play-off

Making sure it is home sweet home is what matters now

Home comforts are what it is all about this weekend as the league season comes to an end.

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Harry Mallinder has been called up by England (picture: Kirsty Edmonds)

Mallinder and Francis among Saints contingent in England squad

Current Saint Harry Mallinder and future Saint Piers Francis are among 31 players named in England's squad for this summer's tour of Argentina.

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Courtney Lawes has been named in the Lions squad (picture: Kirsty Edmonds)

Saints lock Lawes savours ‘day to remember’ after Lions call-up

Courtney Lawes savoured ‘a day to remember’ after being named in the Lions squad for this summer’s tour of New Zealand.

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Dylan Hartley is set to lead England in Argentina this summer (picture: Kirsty Edmonds)

Saints star Hartley vows to keep grafting after missing out on Lions selection

Dylan Hartley says he will keep his head down and keep grafting after missing out on Lions selection.

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