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Saints youngsters feeling dual-registration benefits

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A Moseley side including prop Ethan Waller, wing Anders Mogensen and scrum-half Alex Day - who also scored a try - were edged out 28-17 by Nottingham in Saturday's RFU Championship encounter at Billesley Common. Moseley, opponents of the Saints in pre-season, are one of the Saints' dual-registration clubs and several more members of the Saints Academy could get game time in English rugby's second tier this season.

Despite defeat, Mogensen is pleased to be playing regularly and believes mixing Moseley action with his Saints duties will only help in his transition from Academy to senior rugby.

"I think it's vital for me as a young player to play as much rugby as possible," Mogensen says. "Playing in the Championship gives me vital experience alongside what I already take from training with the senior boys at the Saints. It's the best of both worlds.

"It's a real mixed bag of players who you come up against. Many of the wingers I'll face have played a lot of years in the Premiership, while at Moseley there's Simon Hunt who I can learn from. Simon has a lot of experience on the international stage with England 7s and that is something that is transferable to the 15s game."

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