Saracens kept alive their hopes of qualifying for the Champions Cup knock-out phase after demolishing Northampton 62-14 at Allianz Park.
Northampton secured back-to-back wins in all competitions for the first time since September as they inflicted a first Champions Cup defeat of the season on Clermont Auvergne.
Northampton dramatically ended a run of seven successive Aviva Premiership defeats as they stunned Gloucester at Franklin's Gardens.
Northampton Saints fans will get their first taste of life under Alan Gaffney Saturday as Gloucester arrive at Franklin's Gardens hoping to heap more misery on a team that has plumbed some pretty low depths in recent months.
George North is a major doubt for Wales' Six Nations opener against Scotland after his club Northampton Saints confirmed that the winger needed up to four weeks of rehabilitation.
Alan Gaffney has insisted he is not thinking about relegation with Northampton, having instead suggested his new club could make a run at the Aviva Premiership top four.
Eddie Jones' confidence in Dylan Hartley remains intact despite the England captain's slump in form at Northampton.
England coach Eddie Jones received a warm welcome when he appeared on the big screen at Twickenham, and he may well have left a crazy game with two players -- Marcus Smith and Dylan Hartley -- dominating his thoughts.
Alan Gaffney will have little doubt about the size of the task facing him at Northampton Saints following their 50-21 Aviva Premiership defeat to Harlequins at Twickenham.
Northampton Saints have appointed Australian coach Alan Gaffney as Jim Mallinder's successor on an interim basis.
Exeter maintained their grip at the Aviva Premiership summit with a bonus point victory as they sent Northampton crashing to their 11th defeat in 12 games in all competitions.
Dylan Hartley has hit out at former Northampton players who have voiced their criticism of the club following the dismal recent run that cost Jim Mallinder his job as director of rugby.
Replacement scrum-half Rhys Webb scored twice as Ospreys completed a European Champions Cup double over struggling Northampton with a 32-15 bonus-point victory at a wet Liberty Stadium.
England and Leicester Tigers fly-half George Ford has warned against the sacking culture which is prevalent in football being replicated in rugby following the recent dismissal of Jim Mallinder at Northampton Saints.
Jim Mallinder's 10-year reign as Northampton Saints director of rugby came to an end on Tuesday, but who will replace him at Franklin's Gardens?
Dan Biggar has assured Northampton Saints chief executive Mark Darbon that he is "itching" to join the club despite Jim Mallinder's sacking this week.
Jim Mallinder has been sacked by Northampton Saints after ten years as the club's director of rugby.
Northampton pushed hard in a second-half fightback but couldn't overcome Ospreys as they fell to a 43-32 Champions Cup defeat at Franklin's Gardens.
Nili Latu scored from the final play of the game to help Newcastle earn a fine 24-22 win against Northampton at Franklin's Gardens.
The Aviva Premiership is back once again -- with Test players including Dylan Hartley, Courtney Lawes and Byron McGuigan recalled to club action.
Will Cliff's penalty was the difference as Sale ended a run of three successive Aviva Premiership defeats with an 18-15 triumph over Northampton at the AJ Bell Stadium.
Eddie Jones insists only another disciplinary implosion can prevent Dylan Hartley resuming as England captain for the Six Nations.
George North will leave Northampton at the end of this season and return to Wales on a national dual contract.
Northampton Saints centre Rob Horne has been given a one-match ban, following his red card in the Aviva Premiership defeat at Worcester.
Aviva Premiership club Newcastle will play a league game at the city's St James' Park this season.
- NTHMP11thTRIES SCORED 1st Saracens : 24 Tries ScoredSARAC1st1624
- NTHMP20thPOINTS DIFFERENCE 1st Leinster : 83 Points DifferenceLEINS1st-12483