Dickens hails desire of Dickson and Clark

Calum Clark bounced back from his England snub by helping Saints to victory at Scarlets (pictures: Sharon Lucey)

Calum Clark bounced back from his England snub by helping Saints to victory at Scarlets (pictures: Sharon Lucey)

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Alan Dickens hailed the desire of Saints’ released England players after Lee Dickson and Calum Clark steered their club to victory at Scarlets.

Dickson and Clark emerged from the bench during the second half at Parc y Scarlets and proceeded to score a try apiece to propel Saints to a 24-7 success.

Llanelli Scarlets V Saints. NNL-140711-214844009

Llanelli Scarlets V Saints. NNL-140711-214844009

Howard Packman also got on the scoresheet, with Will Hooley adding nine points in a display that earned him the man of the match award.

And all in all, it was a happy return for Dickson and Clark, who had been released by England ahead of the opening autumn international against New Zealand on Saturday.

“We’re in a fortunate position that they want to come in and play,” said Dickens.

“Those boys were on the phone to Jim (Mallinder) saying they wanted to come back and put the shirt on. That’s testament to the boys.

“Last week, we had Kahn Fotuali’i come back from the Samoa camp wanting to play for the club.

“We’re in a really good position and it’s really pleasing we’re able to have them back.”

And Dickens feels the presence of players like Dickson and Clark, along with Ben Foden, Alex Waller and Salesi Ma’afu, who were also on the bench, helped Saints’ young stars.

He added: “They know what they do at Northampton Saints puts them in the shop window for autumn internationals.

“And with them coming back, a lot of the younger players can rub shoulders with them on the pitch and not just the training field.

“Every time a player goes on the pitch, they’ve got a point to prove and tonight wasn’t any different.”