Jim Mallinder, Tom Wood and Dylan Hartley with the silverware © Northampton Saints
Club News Mallinder thanks Northampton public
Director of rugby Jim Mallinder has thanked the Northampton public for the support they showed during the Saints' open top bus parade in the town centre.
The Saints squad showed off both the Aviva Premiership and Amlin Challenge Cup trophies during the two-hour parade, which was the biggest single event in Northampton town centre since the 2012 Olympic torch relay, with an estimated 30,000 supporters celebrating the successes of the past two weekends.
As well as meeting supporters and posing for photographs, the players and coaches were also formally congratulated by Northampton's civic leaders. The parade also included life president Keith Barwell and Luis Ghaut, who had been the team's mascot at the Aviva Premiership final.
“We didn't know quite what to expect today,” Mallinder said, “and when we turned the corner into the town centre the number of people was overwhelming.
“Northampton is passionate about all its sports teams, and we have seen both at Twickenham yesterday and in the town today just what it means to bring home the big prizes.
“We've had a memorable season, reaching three cup finals and winning two of them, and it has been fantastic to celebrate with our supporters in the town.”