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Diggin: LV= Cup matters to Saints

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Diggin, who recently signed a new deal with the Saints, played his 100th game in black, green and gold in the 2010 final and in an exclusive interview for this weekend's programme claims the current squad are more than capable of repeating that Sixways win over Gloucester.

"We've won the LV= Cup before and there's no doubt that the hunger is there in this squad to win it again," Diggin said. "Obviously there's a pretty big problem with Scarlets in our way but if we play like we know we can, there's no reason why we can't be in the final again.

"It's not just that either, though. This game is as important if not more so than the last for keeping our momentum and giving us the springboard back into the league. We'd rather be playing well enough that we don't have the next fortnight off and that could stand us in good stead as we approach the final five Premiership games of the season."

Widely seen as a development tournament, Diggin is impressed with the youngsters who have put their hands up in the LV= Cup and says it will pay dividends across all competitions.

"It does get a bit of bad press but there's no arguing that it's a great tournament for the lads who we have coming through. You look at the likes of Ryan Glynn (Justin Bieber lookalike!) and Ben Nutley who really have old heads on young shoulders. They've been around the first team for a long time and are starting to show that they are the real deal and can push the more established players for their places, in the Premiership as well as the LV= Cup."

In the interview, Diggin also talks about a number of other subjects, from franchising to fatherhood, as well as his coaching interests at local club BBOB. Keep your eyes peeled for programme sellers and pick up a copy of the Matchday programme - which also includes Jim Mallinder's thoughts and an extensive match preview - for just £3.

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