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Mallinder targets Heineken place

Jim Mallinder
Mallinder hopes to lead Saints back to Europe's premier club competition

Northampton boss Jim Mallinder has his sights set on a Heineken Cup place as the Saints prepare to face Bourgoin in the European Challenge Cup final.

Victory at The Stoop on Friday night would see Northampton return to the competition they won in 2000.

"If we win it'll mean pastures new for us next season," Mallinder told BBC Radio Northampton.

"As a club you always need to aspire to take the next step and play against the best opposition you can," he added.

"If we do it [against Bourgoin] it will be a really good result, and not just for the players and coaches.

"It'll be great for the whole club, for the board and also for the supporters, who've been fantastic to us this season."

Around 8,000 Saints fans were expected to travel to the capital to cheer on their side.

BBC Radio Northampton will have full commentary of Northampton Saints V Bourgoin on 104.2 and 103.6 FM and online from 1900 BST on Friday 22 May.

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see also
Northampton v Bourgoin (Fri)
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