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Steelbacks pace ace Gleeson in contention to face Falcons

Head coach David Ripley says a return for Richard Gleeson is 'an option' for Thursday's televised Vitality Blast clash with Derbyshire Falcons at the County Ground (start time 6.30pm).

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Saints beat Leicester Tigers in the Premiership clash at Franklin's Gardens last season (picture: Sharon Lucey)

Saints to host Tigers in new cup competition

Saints will face a local derby in the Premiership Rugby Cup this season.

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David Ripley saw his Steelbacks side beaten for the fourth game in succession (picture: Kirsty Edmonds)

Steelbacks lacking 'go-and-get-it' attitude, says Ripley

Northants head coach David Ripley says his side don't currently have the 'go-and-get-it' attitude they need to win Vitality Blast matches.

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Ben Duckett was dismissed without scoring at New Road (picture: Kirsty Edmonds)

Steelbacks routed as Rapids rub salt in the wounds

Alex Wakely hit an unbeaten 54 for the Steelbacks but their chastening start to this season's Vitality Blast continued against Worcestershire Rapids at New Road.

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Alex Wakely admits opposition sides have caught up with the Steelbacks (picture: Kirsty Edmonds)

Wakely admits other sides have caught up with Steelbacks in T20

Alex Wakely admits other counties have caught up with Northants in the Vitality Blast.

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Attack coach Sam Vesty can't wait to see what Saints are able to produce this season (picture: Dave Ikin)

New attack coach Vesty outlines his Saints vision

Sam Vesty's first Saints interview was a shining example of the appetite for success at the club this summer.

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David Ripley has seen his side lose their opening three games in the Vitality Blast (picture: Kirsty Edmonds)

Ripley: Steelbacks squad is strong enough to turn things around

Northants head coach David Ripley insists his squad is good enough to turn their Vitality Blast campaign around.

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The Wanderers claimed A League glory last season (picture: Dave Ikin)

Wanderers begin title defence with trip to Tigers

The Wanderers will begin the defence of their Premiership Rugby Shield crown with a trip to local rivals Leicester Tigers.

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Dom Barrow is preparing for his first season at Saints

Barrow can sense real optimism ahead of his first season at Saints

Dom Barrow says there is a lot of optimism at Saints ahead of the new season.

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David Ripley saw his side suffer a disappointing defeat at Old Trafford (picture: Kirsty Edmonds)

Ripley: Steelbacks were naive in loss to Lancashire

David Ripley says the Steelbacks were 'naive' and 'too defensively minded' during their eight-wicket defeat to Lancashire Lightning on Sunday afternoon.

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Alex Wakely and Co were beaten at Old Trafford (picture: Kirsty Edmonds)

Steelbacks beaten again as Lancashire cruise to Old Trafford success

The Steelbacks suffered their third defeat in as many Vitality Blast matches as Lancashire Lightning eased to an eight-wicket win at Emirates Old Trafford.

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The Steelbacks were beaten by the Notts Outlaws on Friday night (picture: Kirsty Edmonds)

Wakely: No doom and gloom at Northants after back-to-back defeats

Alex Wakely insists it is not all doom and gloom at Northants after their second defeat in as many Vitality Blast matches.

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Ben Duckett hit 88 for the Steelbacks (pictures: Kirsty Edmonds)

Steelbacks suffer again as Outlaws rack up huge total in comfortable win

The Steelbacks came out on the wrong side of a County Ground runfest for the second time in three days as the Notts Outlaws earned a 58-run win on Friday night.

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Chris Boyd will take over at Saints this summer

Boyd era to begin against Gloucester as Saints kick off at Kingsholm

Chris Boyd's first season in charge of Saints will kick off at Kingsholm.
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Prop Will Davis has joined Saints from Ealing Trailfinders

Life at Saints is 'something else', says new prop Davis

Will Davis says he can't wait to sample match action at Saints.
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David Ripley is hopeful Northants have shaken off their struggles against Nottinghamshire (picture: Kirsty Edmonds)

Steelbacks have overcome Notts hoodoo ahead of renewal of rivalries

David Ripley feels Northants are finally rid of their Nottinghamshire hoodoo.

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Adam Rossington has been ruled out with a finger injury (picture: Kirsty Edmonds)

Northants ace Rossington to miss key matches due to injury

Northants have been hit by a big injury blow with the news wicketkeeper-batsman Adam Rossington will be ruled out for at least four weeks with a broken finger.

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David Ripley saw his Steelbacks side surrender a strong position in their defeat to Leicestershire Foxes (picture: Kirsty Edmonds)

Ripley rues costly time penalty as Steelbacks suffer sobering defeat to Foxes

David Ripley has urged his Steelbacks players to learn a lesson from the time penalty that cost them six runs in their shock defeat to Leicestershire Foxes on Wednesday evening.

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Ben Duckett delivered a brilliant 96 for Northants (pictures: Kirsty Edmonds)

Steelbacks stunned as Foxes mount stunning County Ground comeback

The Steelbacks were left stunned on Vitality Blast opening night as Leicestershire Foxes produced an incredible chase to win by four wickets at the County Ground.

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Alex Wakely will lead his side into battle against Leicestershire this evening (picture: Kirsty Edmonds)

Steelbacks skipper Wakely can't wait for T20 competition to start

Skipper Alex Wakely says excitement levels are high as Northants prepare for their Vitality Blast opener against Leicestershire Foxes on Wednesday evening (start time 6.30pm).

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