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Time for Saints to step up, says Mallinder

Travis PerkinsSponsored by Travis Perkins

The Saints open their Aviva Premiership Rugby campaign on the road for the first time since 2003, but while the summer has included wins over Leinster and Edinburgh the Saints boss says every player in tomorrow's squad will have to improve if they are to come home from Kingsholm with the points.


"Training this summer has been good and we've had some promising pre-season performances, but none of that will count if we don't get a positive result tomorrow," he commented. "Gloucester is always a tough place to visit, and they have played well over the past few weeks.


"We know that we need to play a lot better, increase our intensity and accuracy and defend well right from the first whistle. It's going to be interesting to see how both teams go in the game - Gloucester have new coaches and new ideas, while we've brought in a few players and made a couple of changes.


"But we're feeling positive ahead of the trip and we're looking forward to meeting the challenge."


Tomorrow's game is not being shown live on TV. However you can follow all the action as it happens on the club's unique Facebook blog, with score updates on the Saints' official Twitter feed. Match commentary will be available from BBC Radio Northampton, with a full 80-minute replay being put on Premiership Rugby TV within a few hours of the final whistle.


NORTHAMPTON SAINTS TEAM TO PLAY GLOUCESTER

Aviva Premiership Rugby Round 1

Kingsholm

Saturday, September 1st, 2012

Kick off 3:00pm

15 Ben FODEN

14 Ken PISI

13 George PISI

12 Dom WALDOUCK

11 Vasily ARTEMYEV

10 Ryan LAMB

9 Lee DICKSON

1 Soane TONGA'UIHA

2 Dylan HARTLEY (capt)

3 Brian MUJATI

4 Samu MANOA

5 Christian DAY

6 Phil DOWSON

7 Tom WOOD

8 GJ VAN VELZE


Replacements

16 Mike HAYWOOD

17 Alex WALLER

18 Paul DORAN JONES

19 Mark SORENSON

20 Rhys OAKLEY

21 Martin ROBERTS

22 Stephen MYLER