Northamp­ton Saints

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Key man Court­ney Lawes Best sign­ing Dan Big­gar Ris­ing star James Grayson

Best-case sce­nario Taqele Nai­yar­a­voro fin­ishes as the Pre­mier­ship top try scorer af­ter a sen­sa­tional de­but cam­paign, while Dan Big­gar takes Northamp­ton up a level and the club, un­der for­mer Hur­ri­canes coach Chris Boyd, make the play-offs.

Worst-case sce­nario There are no fire­works, more of a steady re­build un­der Boyd in his first sea­son, which sees Northamp­ton nar­rowly miss out on the Cham­pi­ons Cup places and fin­ish the sea­son adrift. BC

Ins Dan Big­gar (Ospreys), Taqele Nai­yar­a­voro (NSW Waratahs), Will Davis (Eal­ing Trail­find­ers), Ben Franks (Lon­don Ir­ish), Dom Bar­row (Le­ices­ter Tigers), James Haskell (Wasps), Andy Sy­mons (Glouces­ter), Matt Wor­ley (Rac­ing 92),

Char­lie Davies (Drag­ons), An­drew Kell­away (NSW Waratahs), Joe Gray (Har­lequins)

Outs Ge­orge North (Ospreys) Sam Dick­in­son (Eal­ing Trail­find­ers), Nic Groom (Lions), Stephen Myler (Lon­don Ir­ish), Tom Stephen­son (Lon­don Ir­ish), Jor­dan Ono­jaife (Eal­ing Trail­find­ers), Char­lie Clare (Bed­ford Blues), Matt Beesley (Eal­ing Trail­find­ers), Cam­pese Ma’afu (Le­ices­ter Tigers), Ben Nut­ley (Coven­try), Christian Day, Rob Horne (both re­tired), Kieran Brookes (Wasps), Juan Pablo Estelles (Atletico del Rosario), Ben Fo­den, Michael Pater­son (both re­leased), Jamie Elliott (Bed­ford Blues)

Cat­a­lyst: Saints hope Dan Big­gar can im­prove the team

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