It has been two years since the Saints played in the Anglo-Welsh Cup, so it is as good a time as any for a reminder as to how this unique competition works.
The Saints have been grouped with Bath, Newport-Gwent Dragons and Saracens in Pool 1. However to ensure that all teams play four games - two home and two away - the quartet will not be playing each other through the pool stages.
Instead they will all be playing the teams in Pool 4, namely Leicester, Gloucester, Newcastle and the Scarlets.
This is so each team can be judged by their records against the same opposition.
Meanwhile the teams in Pool 2 (Worcester, Sale, Exeter and the Ospreys) will be up against Pool 3 (Bristol, Wasps, Cardiff Blues and Harlequins).
The pools themselves work on the same system as the Aviva Premiership and Champions Cup, with four points for a win and two for a draw, with bonus points given to teams who score four tries or more, or lose by seven points or fewer.
Teams are then ranked on points, then matches won, tries scored and points difference.
The top team from each pool then qualifies for March’s semi-finals, with the final taking place at the Twickenham Stoop on the weekend of March 19-21.
Both of the Saints’ home matches, against Gloucester on Saturday, November 12th and the Scarlets in February, are included in the 2016/17 Season Ticket package.