Thousands of rugby fans turned out for the testimonial of a Saints star while also raising money to help fight back against neuroblastoma.
More than 3,000 people donned the black, green and gold of Northampton Saints for Paul Diggin’s testimonial match at Franklin’s Gardens on Sunday.
The winger, who has scored 62 tries in 148 appearances for Saints, has been supporting Niamh’s Next Step throughout his testimonial year.
The game was another chance to raise funds in memory of Niamh Curry, who lost her fight with the childhood cancer aged just five.
Niamh’s dad Chris Curry of Wellingborough said: “Paul’s testimonial year has been amazing, just to have involvement with the Saints is great.
“I know Lee Dickson suggested to Paul for Niamh’s Next Step to be his charity of the year and Paul took that onboard.
“He’s a fantastic support and we have become really good friends.
“There was a great turn-out and Paul deserves it because he is a genuinely great guy.
“Everyone had a good time and the sun shone on us.”
The Digger’s Decade event included the return of Saints’ favourites Bruce Reihana and Budge Pountney.