Northampton surge back to set up League Two play-off final with Exeter

Cheltenham manager Michael Duff sent on striker Reuben Reid at the start of the second half in place of Smith and the home side had an early effort when Doyle-Hayes put in a low shot. But this was to be a false dawn for the Robins. Moments later Oliver stung the palms of Evans before […]

Northampton stars warned of consequences if they breach rugby’s Covid protocols

“It’s become the norm because we know socially distancing is, for human beings, inherently a very difficult thing to do. It certainly doesn’t work with alcohol and it certainly doesn’t work with young kids.”

Bristol 47-10 Northampton: Ben Earl turns on style in Bears’ record Premiership win

Lam raged: “The messages of inconsistency is what I am struggling with. The message is you can start a fight and punch someone with the same penalty – I just think there needs to be clarity and a shake up.

Zack Henry kicks Leicester to victory as Northampton’s slump continues

“Probably the worst performance in two years since I’ve been here, so that’s embarrassing,” said Boyd. “Everybody is pretty down in the changing room and it’s going to be a pretty tough job to pick us back up again. It’s absolutely not the way we wanted to play in the derby. I could have stomached […]

League One 2020-21 season preview

Title challengers It is fair to say Peterborough were miffed when they were bumped out of the play-offs on points per game – “this is the worst day of my life because I think we’ve been cheated” said a typically understated Barry Fry, the director of football – but they will have a chance if […]

Saints edge out Gloucester to take Premiership top spot after festive thriller

Northampton secured a victory that takes them to the top of the Premiership table, but they will be sweating on the fitness of Wales fly-half Dan Biggar, who continued valiantly after receiving a dead leg in the opening minute. He was eventually replaced at half-time.

The government’s plan for UK theatre is vague and demoralising – here’s what we need

Live theatre demands proximity. Put bluntly, any form of social distancing is practically and economically disastrous. And that’s hoping audiences will return. A recent survey of 86,000 theatregoers reveals that less than 20% would come back to venues in the short term. But at Royal & Derngate, we’re starting to see tiny shoots of hope […]

Don’t shut down UK again, experts warn Boris – despite PM’s fears of second coronavirus wave

And on Tuesday, another 119 Covid-related deaths were recorded in the UK – the same day the quarantine for Spain was extended to the country’s Balearic and Canary islands, where case numbers are lower.

The transfer window is working for young, free and single footballers

Fantasy football While fans have been denied the annual surreal summer pleasure of watching well known stars trotting out at local non-league grounds, lower division youth teams have still enjoyed pre-season opportunities against some of the biggest clubs in the game. With European trips out of the question and UK tours impractical, big clubs have […]

Jones open to England TV documentary series that could boost RFU finances

Jones, who revealed he has kept himself busy during lockdown by picking the brains of coaches from other sports including Gareth Southgate, Dave Brailsford and Justin Langer, told the BBC: “We can’t expect the players to play this season, play internationals and then go straight into another club season, and then potentially go on a […]