Prior to this season Dickinson had played all his Saints rugby at number eight. However the form of Samu Manoa means that since returning from injury at the start of December the 29-year-old has been adding ballast into the second row.
This has seen him return to Twickenham as part of the winning team at The Big Game 7, and be part of successes against London Welsh, Treviso and Leicester. And he says that he has had to get used to adapting his play into the team’s engine room.
“It’s really quite different from where I’m used to playing,” he told BBC Radio Northampton. “I’ve played there in the past, just not at this level, so it’s a box ticked!
“I’m doing a job playing there – maybe Samu’s getting revenge on me for forcing him into the second row last year!
“But as long as we’re functioning I’m happy to be playing. I’ve spent enough time sat watching, and as long as I’m on the pitch I’m happy.”
The full interview will be included in BBC Radio Northampton’s Friday Night Sport ahead of the Saints’ return against Newcastle. Listen on your way to the Gardens from 6pm, and snap up the final remaining tickets at www.tinyurl.com/SAI-NEW-1415