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Clark calls on fans to bring passion to Franklin's Gardens

07 March 2012

  • Calum Clark calls on fans to get behind team in LV= Cup semi-final
  • Northampton Saints take on the Scarlets
Calum Clark tries to break a tackle for Northampton Saints

Photo: RFU Archive

Northampton Saints flanker Calum Clark has issued a rallying call to fans to fill Franklin’s Gardens with noise and passion in Sunday’s LV= Cup semi-final against the Scarlets.

Despite dividing his time between club and England training commitments during the RBS 6 Nations, the 22-year-old has been captaining the Saints in the LV= Cup and Aviva Premiership in recent weeks while Dylan Hartley is away on international duty.

Clark is determined to skipper the Saints to the LV= Cup final where they would face the winner of Friday night’s clash between Bath and Leicester Tigers.

“It’s a competition we’re keen to progress in,” he said. “We’ve worked hard to get to the semi-final and it’s a good chance for us to get within reach of some silverware.

“We play every game to win and momentum’s important. We’ve got to keep winning.

“We really like playing at the Gardens. We like it when it’s full and the atmosphere’s great here when the fans get behind us.”

The Scarlets will come to Franklin’s Gardens on the back of two bonus point wins in the Pro 12, and Clark said that Sunday’s game represents a tough challenge for the Saints.

“We know from playing them in the Heineken Cup that it’s going to be a hard game,” he added. “We were disappointed with the home game and they’re one of the top Welsh sides, so we’re going to be up against it.

“They’re missing a few and so are we, but the strength in depth of the squads will come through this weekend. Obviously depth is something you need in any squad and it’ll be on display this weekend.”