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Northampton Saints are a professional rugby union
Rugby union
Rugby union, often simply referred to as rugby, is a full contact team sport which originated in England in the early 19th century. One of the two codes of rugby football, it is based on running with the ball in hand...

 club from Northampton
Northampton
Northampton is a large market town and local government district in the East Midlands region of England. Situated about north-west of London and around south-east of Birmingham, Northampton lies on the River Nene and is the county town of Northamptonshire. The demonym of Northampton is...

, England. The Northampton Saints were formed in 1880. They play in green, black and gold colours. They play their home games at Franklin's Gardens, which has a capacity of 13,591.

The club won their first major trophy when they defeated Munster
Munster Rugby
Munster Rugby is an Irish professional rugby union team based in Munster, that competes in the RaboDirect Pro12 and Heineken Cup.The team represents the Irish Rugby Football Union Munster Branch which is one of four primary branches of the IRFU, and is responsible for rugby union in the Irish...

 in the 1999-2000 Heineken Cup final. Recent success has involved winning The 2008–09 European Challenge Cup, The 2009–10 LV Cup and consistently maintaining a playoff position in the Aviva Premiership. The Saints reached the final
2011 Heineken Cup Final
The 2011 Heineken Cup Final was the final match of the 2010–11 Heineken Cup, the 16th season of Europe's top club rugby union competition. The match was played on 21 May 2011 at Millennium Stadium in Cardiff, Wales. The match was contested by Northampton Saints of England and Leinster of Ireland,...

 of the 2010–11 Heineken Cup
2010–11 Heineken Cup
The 2010–11 Heineken Cup was the 16th season of the Heineken Cup, the annual rugby union European club competition for clubs from the top six nations in European rugby...

.

Their biggest rivals are Leicester Tigers
Leicester Tigers
Leicester Tigers is an English rugby union club that plays in the Aviva Premiership.Leicester are the most successful English club since the introduction of league rugby in 1987, a record 9 times English champions - 3 more than either Bath or Wasps, the last of which was in 2010...

. "The East Midland Derby" is one of the fiercest rivalries in English Rugby Union.

The Saints posted a club record £13.175 million turnover for the 2010-11 season.

Early years


The club was established in 1880 under the original title of Northampton St. James (Saints) by Rev Samuel Wathen Wigg, a local clergyman and curate of St. James who was a resident of the nearby village of Milton Malsor in the house known as 'Mortimers'. This is how the club got its two nicknames of The Saints or Jimmies. His original concept was to promote "order" to his younger parish members by creating a youth rugby club, with the philosophy of a "hooligan sport designed to turn them into gentlemen".

It was not long before Northampton
Northampton
Northampton is a large market town and local government district in the East Midlands region of England. Situated about north-west of London and around south-east of Birmingham, Northampton lies on the River Nene and is the county town of Northamptonshire. The demonym of Northampton is...

 had one of the major rugby union
Rugby union
Rugby union, often simply referred to as rugby, is a full contact team sport which originated in England in the early 19th century. One of the two codes of rugby football, it is based on running with the ball in hand...

 teams in the country. Twenty years after its establishment, the first Saints player, local farmer Harry Weston, was awarded an England
England national rugby union team
The England national rugby union team represents England in rugby union. They compete in the annual Six Nations Championship with France, Ireland, Scotland, Italy, and Wales. They have won this championship on 26 occasions, 12 times winning the Grand Slam, making them the most successful team in...

 cap.

As the club progressed through the early years of the 20th century one player dominated this era for the club, Edgar Mobbs
Edgar Mobbs
Edgar Roberts "Mobbsy" Mobbs DSO was an English rugby union footballer who played for and captained Northampton R.F.C. and England. He played as a three quarter....

. Edgar was a hero throughout the town. He was the first Northampton player to captain his country but is best remembered for his exploits in World War I. After initially being turned down as too old, Edgar raised his own "Sportsman's" battalion otherwise known as Mobbs Own. Edgar was sadly killed in battle, leading his battalion over the top by kicking a rugby ball into No-Mans land on 29 July 1917 attacking a machine gun post and his body was never found. The club arranged the Mobbs Memorial Match as a tribute. It had been played every year since 1921 between the Barbarians and East Midlands at Franklin's Gardens.

In this postwar period the Saints continued to grow, and they started to produce some of the best players in England, some of whom went on to captain their country. They were one of the driving forces in the English game for the next 60 years producing players such as Butterfield, Jeeps, Longland, White and Jacobs but hard times were ahead.

The club failed to keep pace with movements within the game and top players were no longer attracted to the Gardens, where a 'them and us' mentality had built up between the players and those in charge of the club. Some former players formed their own task force which swept out the old brigade in the 1988 'Saints Revolution' and put a plan into action which would put the club back at the top of the English game.

Barry Corless, as director of rugby, set about restructuring the club and soon the Saints were back on the way up, helped by the signing of All Blacks
All Blacks
The New Zealand men's national rugby union team, known as the All Blacks, represent New Zealand in what is regarded as its national sport....

 legend Wayne 'Buck' Shelford
Wayne Shelford
Wayne Thomas "Buck" Shelford is a New Zealand former rugby union footballer and coach who represented and captained New Zealand in the late 1980s...

.

In 1990, Northampton Rugby Union Football Club gained promotion to the then First Division and the following year made their first trip to Twickenham
Twickenham Stadium
Twickenham Stadium is a stadium located in Twickenham, in the London Borough of Richmond upon Thames. It is the largest rugby union stadium in the United Kingdom and has recently been enlarged to seat 82,000...

 to play Quins in the Pilkington Cup Final. They lost in extra time but the foundations of a good Saints line-up were beginning to show in the following few seasons.

Tim Rodber
Tim Rodber
Timothy Andrew Keith Rodber formerly a rugby union footballer who played at Number eight, flanker or lock for Northampton Saints, England, and the British and Irish Lions...

 and Ian Hunter
Ian Hunter (rugby player)
Ian Hunter is a former rugby union footballer who played on the wing or at full back for Northampton Saints and England...

 forced their way into the England setup while youngsters like Matt Dawson
Matt Dawson
Matthew James Sutherland "Daws" Dawson, MBE is a retired English rugby union player who played scrum half for Wasps and Northampton Saints. During his international career he toured with the British and Irish Lions three times and was part of England's 2003 Rugby World Cup winning side...

 and Nick Beal
Nick Beal
Nicholas David Beal is a rugby union player who played at Fullback for Northampton Saints, England and the Lions. He attended the Royal Grammar School, High Wycombe....

 came through the ranks.

In 1994, Ian McGeechan
Ian McGeechan
Sir Ian Robert McGeechan OBE is a Scottish former rugby union player and coach. His nickname is "Geech".-Playing career:...

 took over as Director of Rugby, and although the club were relegated in his first season, they returned in style the next season, winning every single game of their campaign and averaging 50 points a game. This season is referred to by many fans of the club as the "Demolition Tour of Division Two".

Professional era


In 1995, rugby union turned professional and the club was taken over by current chairman local businessman Keith Barwell.

In 1999, Saints came runners-up in the Allied Dunbar Premiership
Guinness Premiership
The English Premiership, also currently known as the Aviva Premiership because of the league's sponsorship by Aviva, is a professional league competition for rugby union football clubs in the top division of the English rugby system. There are twelve clubs in the Premiership...

, their league campaign climaxing with a crucial home local derby with eventual winners Leicester Tigers
Leicester Tigers
Leicester Tigers is an English rugby union club that plays in the Aviva Premiership.Leicester are the most successful English club since the introduction of league rugby in 1987, a record 9 times English champions - 3 more than either Bath or Wasps, the last of which was in 2010...

 which they lost 15–22. Ian McGeechan
Ian McGeechan
Sir Ian Robert McGeechan OBE is a Scottish former rugby union player and coach. His nickname is "Geech".-Playing career:...

 had left the club at the end of the previous season to return to coach Scotland, and was replaced by former Saints player John Steele who had done well on a limited budget at London Scottish
London Scottish F.C.
London Scottish Football Club is a rugby union club in England. It is a member of both the Rugby Football Union and the Scottish Rugby Union.-History:...

. Steele relied on the foundations laid by McGeechan, as well as the inspirational captaincy of Samoan Pat Lam
Pat Lam
Patrick Richard Lam is a former New Zealand rugby union footballer, of Samoan descent. He was the head coach of Auckland before being appointed head coach of Super 14 team the Blues in 2009. He went to St. Peter's College, Epsom, and captained the New Zealand Secondary Schools rugby team...

 to lead the club to European success the following season.

In 1999–2000, the club became a Public Limited Company (Plc) and shares were issued to the public; in this season the Saints lost in the Tetley's Bitter Cup Final to Wasps
London Wasps
London Wasps is an English professional rugby union team. The men's first team, which forms London Wasps, was derived from Wasps Football Club who were formed in 1867 at the now defunct Eton and Middlesex Tavern in North London, at the turn of professionalism in 1999...

, but beat Munster
Munster Rugby
Munster Rugby is an Irish professional rugby union team based in Munster, that competes in the RaboDirect Pro12 and Heineken Cup.The team represents the Irish Rugby Football Union Munster Branch which is one of four primary branches of the IRFU, and is responsible for rugby union in the Irish...

 9–8 in the European Cup
Heineken Cup
The Heineken Cup is one of two annual rugby union competitions organised by European Rugby Cup involving leading club, regional and provincial teams from the six International Rugby Board countries in Europe whose national teams compete in the Six Nations Championship: England, France, Ireland,...

 Final to win their first major trophy.

After a poor start to the 2001/2002 season, former All-Black coach Wayne Smith
Wayne Smith (rugby player)
Wayne Ross Smith is a former rugby union footballer, and currently a rugby union coach. He is currently the backs coach for New Zealand's national rugby union team the All Blacks. He played provincial rugby for Canterbury and became an All Black in 1980. He played first five-eighth, gaining 35...

 was appointed as Head Coach. He went on to transform the club in five short months. A team who looked down and out in November were moulded into a side that reached the Powergen Cup final and again qualified for the Heineken Cup
Heineken Cup
The Heineken Cup is one of two annual rugby union competitions organised by European Rugby Cup involving leading club, regional and provincial teams from the six International Rugby Board countries in Europe whose national teams compete in the Six Nations Championship: England, France, Ireland,...

. Travis Perkins
Travis Perkins
Travis Perkins plc is a British builders merchant based in Northampton. It is listed on the London Stock Exchange and is a constituent of the FTSE 250 Index.-History:...

 became the club's main sponsor in 2001.

In recent times the club narrowly survived relegation from the Premiership, after the then coach (Alan Solomons
Alan Solomons
Alan Solomons is a rugby union coach, currently the Director of Rugby and Head Coach at in the Currie Cup....

) was sacked in the middle of the 2004–5 season. The coaching role was passed onto the former first team mates Budge Pountney
Budge Pountney
Anthony Charles Pountney is the former Director of Rugby at Northampton Saints rugby union club. He formerly played at flanker for Northampton and Scotland...

 and Paul Grayson
Paul Grayson (rugby player)
Paul James Grayson is the assistant head coach ofNorthampton Saints rugby union club. He formerly played at fly-half for Northampton and England. He is known as "Larry" or "Grase"....

 to tide the team over. They had a slow start in the 2005–6 season, but continued to stay mainly unbeaten after the New Year. Budge retired at the start of the 2006–7 season leaving Grayson in overall control.

The Saints would again compete in the 2006-07 Heineken Cup
2006-07 Heineken Cup
The 2006–07 Heineken Cup was the 12th edition of the European Heineken Cup rugby union club tournament. The pool draw took place on 21 June at Twickenham. The pool stages started on 20 October and concluded in January, going for six rounds...

. They finished second in their pool, behind Biarritz Olympique
Biarritz Olympique
Biarritz Olympique Pays Basque is a French professional rugby union team based in the Basque city of Biarritz, Aquitaine which competes in the Top 14 and the Heineken Cup...

, the runners-up from the previous season. Northampton qualified for the quarter-finals and actually met Biarritz in Spain. Despite being in last place of the English league at the time, they defeated the French champions 7–6 to advance to the semi-finals.

Relegation


On 28 April 2007, despite a 27–22 victory over London Irish at Franklin's Gardens, Northampton were relegated from the Guinness Premiership. A "behind the scenes restructure" led to the brief appointment of Peter Sloane as Head Coach, from the role of forwards coach. Paul Grayson became the skills and backs coach.

On 9 June 2007, Northampton announced that England Saxons
England Saxons
England Saxons is the current name of England's men's second national rugby union team. The team has previously been known by a number of names, such as England B, Emerging England and, most recently, England A...

 coach Jim Mallinder
Jim Mallinder
Jim Mallinder is the coach of Northampton Saints and the former head coach of Sale Sharks, England Under 21s and England Saxons.-Biography:In his playing days, Mallinder was a fullback at Sale Sharks, where he stayed for 15 years as a player and a coach...

 would become the new head coach and Director of Rugby, with his assistant Dorian West
Dorian West
Dorian Edward West MBE nicknamed "Nobby" is a former English international rugby union footballer.Born in Wrexham, his family moved to England when he was young...

 also following as assistant coach. Peter Sloane has since left the club.

On 22 March 2008, Northampton beat Exeter Chiefs
Exeter Chiefs
Exeter Rugby Club are a rugby union club based in Exeter, Devon.The Exeter club was formed around 1871 and played its first match in 1873. The first team has been rebranded as the Exeter Chiefs and play in a strip of Black , White ....

 to ensure their promotion and a return to the Guinness Premiership
Guinness Premiership
The English Premiership, also currently known as the Aviva Premiership because of the league's sponsorship by Aviva, is a professional league competition for rugby union football clubs in the top division of the English rugby system. There are twelve clubs in the Premiership...

. On 12 April 2008, Northampton beat Exeter Chiefs
Exeter Chiefs
Exeter Rugby Club are a rugby union club based in Exeter, Devon.The Exeter club was formed around 1871 and played its first match in 1873. The first team has been rebranded as the Exeter Chiefs and play in a strip of Black , White ....

 24–13 at Twickenham Stadium
Twickenham Stadium
Twickenham Stadium is a stadium located in Twickenham, in the London Borough of Richmond upon Thames. It is the largest rugby union stadium in the United Kingdom and has recently been enlarged to seat 82,000...

 to win the EDF trophy. On 26 April 2008 they ended their National Division One season undefeated with 30 wins from 30 games.

A new era


In the 2008–09 season, the Saints easily avoided the drop, finishing eighth on the table and only losing one game at home to Newcastle Falcons
Newcastle Falcons
The Newcastle Falcons is an English rugby union team currently playing in the Aviva Premiership. The club was established in 1877 and played under the name of Gosforth Football Club until 1990. The name was then changed to Newcastle Gosforth and the club began to play at Kingston Park stadium in...

. They also lifted the European Challenge Cup, defeating French side Bourgoin
CS Bourgoin-Jallieu
CS Bourgoin-Jallieu is a French rugby union club currently competing in the second level of the French league system in the Pro D2. The club have been runners-up in the French championship and the Challenge Yves du Manoir competitions, and have won the Challenge Cup.Founded in 1906 as "Club...

 15–3 in the final on 22 May 2009 at The Stoop
The Stoop
Twickenham Stoop is a sports stadium located in the western suburbs of London, England. The stadium is home to Harlequins rugby union team, who play in the Aviva Premiership, and tenants London Broncos, who play in the Super League...

 in London.
The victory gave them a place in the 2009–10 Heineken Cup
2009–10 Heineken Cup
The 2009–10 Heineken Cup was the 15th season of the Heineken Cup, the annual rugby union European club competition for clubs from the top six nations in European rugby...

.

In March 2010, the Saints won the LV= Cup final against Gloucester Rugby 30–24, gaining them their fourth piece of silverware in three years, and a place in the following season's Heineken Cup
Heineken Cup
The Heineken Cup is one of two annual rugby union competitions organised by European Rugby Cup involving leading club, regional and provincial teams from the six International Rugby Board countries in Europe whose national teams compete in the Six Nations Championship: England, France, Ireland,...

. They also finished second in the Guinness Premiership, losing to Saracens 19–21 in the semi-final played at Franklin's Gardens, and progressed as far as the quarter-finals of the Heineken Cup losing to Munster at Thomond Park, Limerick.

At the start of the new 2010/11 Aviva Premiership questions had been raised about the size of the Squad, however on the opening game against Leicester Tigers
Leicester Tigers
Leicester Tigers is an English rugby union club that plays in the Aviva Premiership.Leicester are the most successful English club since the introduction of league rugby in 1987, a record 9 times English champions - 3 more than either Bath or Wasps, the last of which was in 2010...

 the Saints marched over the Tiger with a number of player that stood out. Saints had a excellent unbeaten run and didn't suffer when the autumn internationals came round. However around Christmas Saints struggle to find form and had six straight defeats, but after the Six Nations
Six Nations Championship
The Six Nations Championship is an annual international rugby union competition involving six European sides: England, France, Ireland, Italy, Scotland and Wales....

 Saints rose from the ashes and finished fourth in the Aviva Premiership, losing to Leicester in a controversial semi-final. Saints also went undefeated into the final of the Heineken Cup
Heineken Cup
The Heineken Cup is one of two annual rugby union competitions organised by European Rugby Cup involving leading club, regional and provincial teams from the six International Rugby Board countries in Europe whose national teams compete in the Six Nations Championship: England, France, Ireland,...

, where they were beaten by Leinster 33-22, at the Millennium Stadium
Millennium Stadium
The Millennium Stadium is the national stadium of Wales, located in the capital, Cardiff. It is the home of the Wales national rugby union team and also frequently stages games of the Wales national football team, but is also host to many other large scale events, such as the Super Special Stage...

.

Stadium


Northampton Saints have played at Franklin's Gardens since 1880, when the club was born. Franklin's Gardens is a purpose-built rugby stadium near the town centre. It is about 1,250m from the train station and about 2,000m from the bus station. The stadium holds 13,591 people. The stadium also has 40 corporate boxes. Each can hold from 8 to 24 people. The four stands are: Tetleys Stand; Burrda South Stand; Church's Stand; and Sturtridge Pavilion. It is also a multi-functional conference centre as well as the only UK Guinness Premiership ground with its own cenotaph.
The Northampton board recently announced they would be applying to increase capacity to 17,000 with the redevelopment of the North Stand. It was intended this would be funded by a £40 million investment by supermarket chain Asda, who would build a new store on the land currently used as training pitches.
Northampton Saints had an unbeaten home record that stretched from March 2007 to March 2009, much of this record was set during the Saints' 2007/08 promotion from the RFU Championship (previously National Division One). During the 2008/09 Guinness Premiership regular season the Saints only lost at Franklin's Gardens on one occasion, to the Newcastle Falcons.

The average attendance at the Gardens this season is 13,428.

2010-11 Heineken Cup


On 24 January 2011, the club announced that their forthcoming Heineken Cup
Heineken Cup
The Heineken Cup is one of two annual rugby union competitions organised by European Rugby Cup involving leading club, regional and provincial teams from the six International Rugby Board countries in Europe whose national teams compete in the Six Nations Championship: England, France, Ireland,...

 quarter final match against Ulster
Ulster Rugby
Ulster Rugby, usually referred to simply as Ulster, is an Irish professional rugby union team based in Belfast, representing the Irish province of Ulster, that competes in the RaboDirect Pro12 and also competes in the Heineken Cup...

 is to take place in the Stadium:MK in Milton Keynes
Milton Keynes
Milton Keynes , sometimes abbreviated MK, is a large town in Buckinghamshire, in the south east of England, about north-west of London. It is the administrative centre of the Borough of Milton Keynes...

, because the Franklin's Gardens ground is too small to meet the minimum 15,000 seats demanded by the organisers
European Rugby Cup
European Rugby Cup is the organising body of two European rugby union club tournaments; the Heineken Cup and the Amlin Challenge Cup. The organisation was established in 1995 and is headquartered in Dublin...

. It was a game they would eventually win, beating Ulster 23-13.

The Saints had previously indicated that they might play future major games at Stadium:mk as their proposal to expand Franklin's Gardens using an enabling (ASDA supermarket) development was experiencing difficulties because of conflict with national planning policy. The Saints' board has recently attracted strong criticism for choosing to move a key game against Irish team Munster
Munster Rugby
Munster Rugby is an Irish professional rugby union team based in Munster, that competes in the RaboDirect Pro12 and Heineken Cup.The team represents the Irish Rugby Football Union Munster Branch which is one of four primary branches of the IRFU, and is responsible for rugby union in the Irish...

 to Milton Keynes, seen by many as an act of hypocrisy given their previous criticisms of the local council.

Kit


In 2008, after being promoted from the championship to the premiership, Saints changed from Kooga to Rhino. After two years with Rhino, and coming second in the table, Saints switched again to BURRDA
BURRDA
BURRDA SPORT is a Swiss sports apparel company which currently produces footwear and apparel for football, rugby, handball, running and training. Its headquarter is in Geneva, Switzerland, with a Middle East office located in Doha, Qatar...

, a Swiss sports apparel company. Northampton have signed a four year deal with BURRDA
BURRDA
BURRDA SPORT is a Swiss sports apparel company which currently produces footwear and apparel for football, rugby, handball, running and training. Its headquarter is in Geneva, Switzerland, with a Middle East office located in Doha, Qatar...

 which have brought back the old-fashioned ring but with a modern twist for the home shirt and the away shirt with its black and gold ring with a peppermint light green background. This is a big step for Burrda because the Saints and the Scarlets are BURRDA
BURRDA
BURRDA SPORT is a Swiss sports apparel company which currently produces footwear and apparel for football, rugby, handball, running and training. Its headquarter is in Geneva, Switzerland, with a Middle East office located in Doha, Qatar...

's first rugby teams that they have supplied kit to.

Head coach/director of rugby


First team
  • Jim Mallinder
    Jim Mallinder
    Jim Mallinder is the coach of Northampton Saints and the former head coach of Sale Sharks, England Under 21s and England Saxons.-Biography:In his playing days, Mallinder was a fullback at Sale Sharks, where he stayed for 15 years as a player and a coach...

     – Director of rugby
  • Dorian West
    Dorian West
    Dorian Edward West MBE nicknamed "Nobby" is a former English international rugby union footballer.Born in Wrexham, his family moved to England when he was young...

     – Forwards coach
  • Paul Grayson- Assistant coach
  • Nick Johnston – Performance director
  • Tom Bullough – Conditioner
  • Paul Shields – Team manager


Academy
  • Alan Dickens – Academy manager
  • Dusty Hare
    Dusty Hare
    William Henry "Dusty" Hare MBE is a former international rugby union footballer, who played fullback.Hare currently holds the world record for points scored in a first class rugby career with 7,337 points....

     – Academy recruitment and development manager
  • Mark Hopley
    Mark Hopley
    Mark Hopley is a rugby union player for Northampton Saints in the Guinness Premiership. He plays as a flanker and started his playing career at Whitchurch Rugby Club in Shropshire...

     – Academy coach
  • Ross Stewart – Elite Player Development Group manager

Current squad



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    2011 Rugby World Cup
    The 2011 Rugby World Cup was the seventh Rugby World Cup, a quadrennial international rugby union competition inaugurated in 1987. The International Rugby Board selected New Zealand as the host country in preference to Japan and South Africa at a meeting in Dublin on 17 November 2005...


Current England Elite Squad

Superposition Name Position Date Of Birth (Age) Previous Club Notes
Forwards Dylan Hartley
Dylan Hartley
Dylan Hartley is an English, New Zealand born rugby union footballer who plays at hooker for Northampton Saints, and England.-Early career:Hartley was born in New Zealand, but qualifies to play for England through his English mother...

Hooker March 24, 1986 (age 25) Worcester Warriors
Paul Doran-Jones
Paul Doran-Jones
Paul Doran-Jones is a rugby union footballer, currently playing in the Aviva Premiership for Northampton Saints. He plays as a prop.-Club career:...

Prop May 02, 1985 (age 26) Gloucester Rugby
Courtney Lawes
Courtney Lawes
Courtney Lawes is a professional rugby player for Northampton Saints, who play in the Aviva Premiership. Lawes is a versatile player, equally at home in the second and back rows. Indeed, he is the very epitome of the modern rugby forward, more akin to a basketball player thanks to an athletic...

Lock February 23, 1989 (age 22) Youth
Tom Wood
Tom Wood (rugby union)
Tom Wood is an English rugby union player for Northampton Saints in the Aviva Premiership.He plays as flanker but can also play at number eight....

Flanker November 03, 1986 (age 25) Worcester Warriors
Backs Chris Ashton
Chris Ashton
Chris Ashton is an English rugby union player who has represented England in both Rugby League and Rugby Union...

Wing March 29, 1987 (age 24) Wigan Warriors
Wigan Warriors
Wigan Warriors is an English rugby league club based in Wigan, Greater Manchester. The club's first team squad competes in the engage Super League and the team are the current Challenge Cup holders as of the 27th August 2011....

Ben Foden
Ben Foden
Benjamin Foden is a rugby union footballer who plays for Northampton Saints and England. He plays at fullback or scrum-half, but can also operate on the wing...

Full Back July 22, 1985 (age 26) Sale Sharks
Sale Sharks
Sale Sharks are a professional rugby union club who play in England in the Aviva Premiership.The club is an offshoot of Sale FC, which is based at Heywood Road in Sale, Greater Manchester, but Sharks currently play in Stockport at Edgeley Park, ground sharing with Stockport County F.C.Part of the...


Current England Saxons Squad

Superposition Name Position Date Of Birth (Age) Previous Club Notes
Forwards Christian Day
Christian Day
Christian Day is a rugby union player for Northampton Saints in the Aviva Premiership. Day previously played all of his professional career at Sale except for a 3 month temporary contract at French giants Stade Français.He previously captained England Under 21s and also has represented England at...

Lock June 24, 1983 (age 28) Stade Français
Phil Dowson
Phil Dowson
Phil Dowson is an English rugby union player for Northampton Saints in the Aviva Premiership.Dowson's position of choice is as a Number 8 and he can also operate as a Flanker....

Flanker October 01, 1981 (age 30) Newcastle Falcons
Newcastle Falcons
The Newcastle Falcons is an English rugby union team currently playing in the Aviva Premiership. The club was established in 1877 and played under the name of Gosforth Football Club until 1990. The name was then changed to Newcastle Gosforth and the club began to play at Kingston Park stadium in...

Backs Jon Clarke
Jon Clarke (rugby union)
Jon Clarke is a rugby union player for Northampton Saints in the Aviva Premiership. He plays primarily as a centre and also occasionally at full-back or on the wing....

Centre October 22, 1983 (age 28) Bristol Rugby
Bristol Rugby
Bristol Rugby is a rugby union club based in Bristol, England. The club currently plays in the RFU Championship and competes in the British and Irish Cup. They rely in large part on the many junior rugby clubs in the region, particularly those from 'the Combination'...

Stephen Myler
Stephen Myler
Stephen Myler is an English rugby union player who plays at Fly-half for Northampton Saints in the Aviva Premiership.-Rugby league career:...

Fly Half July 21, 1984 (age 27) Salford City Reds
Salford City Reds
Salford City Reds are an English rugby league club based in Salford, Greater Manchester. Formed in 1873, they currently play in the Super League. They have won six Rugby Football League Championships and one Challenge Cup...


Internationally capped players

Chris Ashton
Chris Ashton
Chris Ashton is an English rugby union player who has represented England in both Rugby League and Rugby Union...

 (England
England national rugby union team
The England national rugby union team represents England in rugby union. They compete in the annual Six Nations Championship with France, Ireland, Scotland, Italy, and Wales. They have won this championship on 26 occasions, 12 times winning the Grand Slam, making them the most successful team in...

) Noah Cato
Noah Cato
Noah Cato is a rugby union player who currently plays as a Winger/Fullback for Northampton Rugby Club in the Guinness Premiership....

 (England
England national rugby union team
The England national rugby union team represents England in rugby union. They compete in the annual Six Nations Championship with France, Ireland, Scotland, Italy, and Wales. They have won this championship on 26 occasions, 12 times winning the Grand Slam, making them the most successful team in...

) Ben Foden
Ben Foden
Benjamin Foden is a rugby union footballer who plays for Northampton Saints and England. He plays at fullback or scrum-half, but can also operate on the wing...

 (England
England national rugby union team
The England national rugby union team represents England in rugby union. They compete in the annual Six Nations Championship with France, Ireland, Scotland, Italy, and Wales. They have won this championship on 26 occasions, 12 times winning the Grand Slam, making them the most successful team in...

) Paul Doran-Jones
Paul Doran-Jones
Paul Doran-Jones is a rugby union footballer, currently playing in the Aviva Premiership for Northampton Saints. He plays as a prop.-Club career:...

 (England
England national rugby union team
The England national rugby union team represents England in rugby union. They compete in the annual Six Nations Championship with France, Ireland, Scotland, Italy, and Wales. They have won this championship on 26 occasions, 12 times winning the Grand Slam, making them the most successful team in...

) Phil Dowson
Phil Dowson
Phil Dowson is an English rugby union player for Northampton Saints in the Aviva Premiership.Dowson's position of choice is as a Number 8 and he can also operate as a Flanker....

 (England
England national rugby union team
The England national rugby union team represents England in rugby union. They compete in the annual Six Nations Championship with France, Ireland, Scotland, Italy, and Wales. They have won this championship on 26 occasions, 12 times winning the Grand Slam, making them the most successful team in...

) Dylan Hartley
Dylan Hartley
Dylan Hartley is an English, New Zealand born rugby union footballer who plays at hooker for Northampton Saints, and England.-Early career:Hartley was born in New Zealand, but qualifies to play for England through his English mother...

 (England
England national rugby union team
The England national rugby union team represents England in rugby union. They compete in the annual Six Nations Championship with France, Ireland, Scotland, Italy, and Wales. They have won this championship on 26 occasions, 12 times winning the Grand Slam, making them the most successful team in...

) Courtney Lawes
Courtney Lawes
Courtney Lawes is a professional rugby player for Northampton Saints, who play in the Aviva Premiership. Lawes is a versatile player, equally at home in the second and back rows. Indeed, he is the very epitome of the modern rugby forward, more akin to a basketball player thanks to an athletic...

 (England
England national rugby union team
The England national rugby union team represents England in rugby union. They compete in the annual Six Nations Championship with France, Ireland, Scotland, Italy, and Wales. They have won this championship on 26 occasions, 12 times winning the Grand Slam, making them the most successful team in...

) Stephen Myler
Stephen Myler
Stephen Myler is an English rugby union player who plays at Fly-half for Northampton Saints in the Aviva Premiership.-Rugby league career:...

 (England
England national rugby union team
The England national rugby union team represents England in rugby union. They compete in the annual Six Nations Championship with France, Ireland, Scotland, Italy, and Wales. They have won this championship on 26 occasions, 12 times winning the Grand Slam, making them the most successful team in...

) Tom Wood
Tom Wood (rugby union)
Tom Wood is an English rugby union player for Northampton Saints in the Aviva Premiership.He plays as flanker but can also play at number eight....

  (England
England national rugby union team
The England national rugby union team represents England in rugby union. They compete in the annual Six Nations Championship with France, Ireland, Scotland, Italy, and Wales. They have won this championship on 26 occasions, 12 times winning the Grand Slam, making them the most successful team in...

) Andy Long
Andy Long
Andy Long is an English rugby union footballer who plays at Hooker for Northampton Saints. He has 2 caps for England.Originally a product of the Bath academy, where he came to the attention of Bath coach Clive Woodward, having captained England U19 and U21...

 (England
England national rugby union team
The England national rugby union team represents England in rugby union. They compete in the annual Six Nations Championship with France, Ireland, Scotland, Italy, and Wales. They have won this championship on 26 occasions, 12 times winning the Grand Slam, making them the most successful team in...

) Roger Wilson
Roger Wilson (rugby player)
Roger Wilson is an Irish rugby union footballer. Formerly of Ulster, he now plays for the Northampton Saints. His grandfather, Harry McKibbin and his two uncles, Harry Jnr and Alastair, have also represented Ireland....

 (Ireland
Ireland national rugby union team
The Ireland national rugby union team represents the island of Ireland in rugby union. The team competes annually in the Six Nations Championship and every four years in the Rugby World Cup, where they reached the quarter-final stage in all but two competitions The Ireland national rugby union...

) Brian Mujati
Brian Mujati
Brian Mujati Brian Mujati Brian Mujati (born (28 September 1984 in Bulawayo, Zimbabwe) is a Zimbabwean-born South African rugby union player for Northampton Saints in the Aviva Premiership. He plays as a prop....

 (South Africa
South Africa national rugby union team
The South African national rugby union team are 2009 British and Irish Lions Series winners. They are currently ranked as the fourth best team in the IRB World Rankings and were named 2008 World Team of the Year at the prestigious Laureus World Sports Awards.Although South Africa was instrumental...

) Soane Tonga'uiha
Soane Tonga'uiha
Soane Tonga'uiha is a Tongan-born, New Zealand-educated, rugby union player. He plays for Northampton Saints and internationally for Tonga. His position of choice is at loose-head prop and sometimes tight-head prop...

 (Tonga
Tonga national rugby union team
The Tonga national rugby union team is nicknamed Ikale Tahi . Like their Polynesian neighbours, the Tongans start their matches with a war dance – the Kailao . They are members of the Pacific Islands Rugby Alliance along with Fiji and Samoa...

 and Pacific Islanders
Pacific Islanders rugby union team
The Pacific Islanders rugby union team is an international rugby union team, started in 2004, that represents Fiji, Samoa and Tonga. While Niue and the Cook Islands are not members of the Pacific Tri-Nations competition, they did supply players to the squad for the Pacific Islanders' tour in 2004...

) Ryan Powell
Ryan Powell (rugby player)
Ryan Powell is a Wales international rugby union player. His position is scrum-half.-Career:He played for Northampton in the Aviva Premiership after playing for The Cardiff Blues. He joined Warriors from Cardiff Blues in March 2006 on a two-year contract...

 (Wales
Wales national rugby union team
The Wales national rugby union team represent Wales in international rugby union tournaments. They compete annually in the Six Nations Championship with England, France, Ireland, Italy and Scotland. Wales have won the Six Nations and its predecessors 24 times outright, second only to England with...

) Martin Roberts
Martin Roberts
Martin Roberts is a Wales international rugby union footballer who currently plays at scrum-half for the Northampton Saints in the Aviva Premiership....

 (Wales
Wales national rugby union team
The Wales national rugby union team represent Wales in international rugby union tournaments. They compete annually in the Six Nations Championship with England, France, Ireland, Italy and Scotland. Wales have won the Six Nations and its predecessors 24 times outright, second only to England with...

) Vasily Artemiev
Vasily Artemiev
-Career:Artemyev's representative honours include Leinster Schools,U19’s & U20’s, Irish Schools & Irish U’19’s. Vasily came to Blackrock College school from Russia and won schools Junior Cup and Senior Cup medals there...

 (Russia
Russia national rugby union team
The Russian National Rugby Union Team, is the national team representing Russia at the sport of rugby union.Rugby union in Russia is administered by the Rugby Union of Russia . The RUR is the official successor union of the Soviet Union and the combined CIS team which played in the early 1990s...

) George Pisi
George Pisi
George Pisi is a rugby union player for the Northampton Saints in the Aviva Premiership.Pisi made his provincial debut playing for North Harbour in 2005 alongside his elder brother Tusi Pisi. He made 50 appearances for North Harbour before transferring to Taranaki for the 2010 ITM Cup...

 (Samoa
Samoa national rugby union team
The Manu Samoa is the men's representative side of the Samoa Rugby Union in both the 15's and the 7's for international competitions. The Samoa Rugby Union is owned by the affiliated rugby unions of Samoa. In Samoa, Manu Samoa is in honour of a famous Samoan warrior. From 1924 to 1997 Samoa was...

) Samu Manoa
Samu Manoa
Samu Manoa is an American rugby union player for SFGG.-Career:Manoa started playing rugby at 13 years old with his family. He has since won the National Super League Championships with SFGG and started playing with the U.S. Select XV side for the ARC...

 (USA
United States national rugby union team
USA Rugby's men's national rugby union team, nicknamed the Eagles, represents the United States in the sport of rugby union. The Eagles are currently ranked 17th by the IRB World Rankings. Their highest ranking was from November 2, 2006 – September 10, 2007 at the 14th position...

) César Sempere
César Sempere
César Sempere is a Spanish rugby union player. He plays as a Fly-half or Fullback for Northampton Saints in the Aviva Premiership. Sempere playes also for Spain.-External links:* *...

 (Spain
Spain national rugby union team
The Spain national rugby union team are a national sporting side of Spain, representing them at rugby union. Spain have been playing rugby since the late 1920s, playing their first international against Italy in 1929. They have qualified for one Rugby World Cup, in 1999 where they were pooled with...

)

Players In

Noah Cato
Noah Cato
Noah Cato is a rugby union player who currently plays as a Winger/Fullback for Northampton Rugby Club in the Guinness Premiership....

 (from   Saracens
Saracens F.C.
Saracens are a professional rugby union team based in St. Albans, England – although they play their home games at Vicarage Road, in Watford. They are currently members of the Aviva Premiership, the top level of domestic rugby union in England...

) James Craig (from   Leeds Carnegie) Paul Doran-Jones
Paul Doran-Jones
Paul Doran-Jones is a rugby union footballer, currently playing in the Aviva Premiership for Northampton Saints. He plays as a prop.-Club career:...

 (from   Gloucester) Ryan Lamb
Ryan Lamb
Ryan Lamb is a rugby union player who plays at fly-half for Northampton Saints in the Aviva Premiership.-Club career:...

 (from   London Irish
London Irish
London Irish RFC is an English rugby union club based in Sunbury, Surrey, where the senior squad train, the youth teams and senior academy play home games, and the club maintain their administrative offices. The senior squad play home games at the Madejski Stadium in Reading and compete in the top...

) Tom May (from   Toulon
RC Toulonnais
RC Toulonnais is a French professional rugby union club based in Toulon in Provence-Alpes-Côte d'Azur...

) Vasily Artemiev
Vasily Artemiev
-Career:Artemyev's representative honours include Leinster Schools,U19’s & U20’s, Irish Schools & Irish U’19’s. Vasily came to Blackrock College school from Russia and won schools Junior Cup and Senior Cup medals there...

 (from   VVA-Podmoskovye
VVA-Podmoskovye Monino
The VVA-Podmoskovje is a Russian rugby union team currently playing in the Professional Rugby League. The team plays at Gagarin Air Force Academy stadium in Monino, a garrison town just outside Moscow. VVA-Podmoskovye have strong links to the air force and also supply the bulk of Russia, with which...

) George Pisi
George Pisi
George Pisi is a rugby union player for the Northampton Saints in the Aviva Premiership.Pisi made his provincial debut playing for North Harbour in 2005 alongside his elder brother Tusi Pisi. He made 50 appearances for North Harbour before transferring to Taranaki for the 2010 ITM Cup...

 (from   Clermont
ASM Clermont Auvergne
Association Sportive Montferrandaise Clermont Auvergne are a French rugby union club from Clermont-Ferrand in Auvergne that currently competes in Top 14, the top level of the French league system, ASMCA are the were the 2010 France Top 14 Champions. It is the rugby section of the multi-sport club...

) César Sempere
César Sempere
César Sempere is a Spanish rugby union player. He plays as a Fly-half or Fullback for Northampton Saints in the Aviva Premiership. Sempere playes also for Spain.-External links:* *...

 (from   Nottingham
Nottingham R.F.C.
Nottingham Rugby Football Club are a rugby union club based in Nottingham, England. The club's first team currently play in the Championship, the second tier of English Rugby....

) Samu Manoa
Samu Manoa
Samu Manoa is an American rugby union player for SFGG.-Career:Manoa started playing rugby at 13 years old with his family. He has since won the National Super League Championships with SFGG and started playing with the U.S. Select XV side for the ARC...

 (from   San Francisco Golden Gate
San Francisco Golden Gate RFC
San Francisco Golden Gate Rugby Football Club is a rugby union club based in San Francisco, California. SFGG's first side competes in the Rugby Super League. The club also fields a developmental squad in the Northern California Rugby Football Union's Division II. The SFGG Youth Program includes...

) Martin Roberts
Martin Roberts
Martin Roberts is a Wales international rugby union footballer who currently plays at scrum-half for the Northampton Saints in the Aviva Premiership....

 (from   Scarlets) Danny Herriott James Palmer (from   Cambridge R.U.F.C.
Cambridge R.U.F.C.
Cambridge Rugby Union Football Club or CRUFC is a rugby union club representing the city of Cambridge, England. Formed in 1923 the club currently competes in National League 1...

) Ethan Waller Darrell Dyer Alex Woolford Jamie Warr Alex Day

Players Out

Daniel Vickerman
Daniel Vickerman
Daniel Vickerman is a rugby union footballer for the New South Wales Waratahs and Australia who left a successful international career in 2008 to attend the University of Cambridge, where he read a degree in Land Economy at Hughes Hall, and returned to Australian Rugby in 2011...

 (to   Waratahs
New South Wales Waratahs
The New South Wales Waratahs are an Australian rugby union football team, representing the majority of New South Wales in the Super 15 Super Rugby competition...

) Matt Cornwell
Matt Cornwell
Matt Cornwell is a rugby union player for Northampton Saints in the Aviva Premiership.He previously played for Leicester Tigers and the Exeter Chiefs.Cornwell usually plays as a centre or full-back....

 (to   Mogliano
Mogliano Rugby
Mogliano Rugby is a rugby union team from the city of Mogliano Veneto, Italy. They play in the 2010-11 version of the Super 10 having been promoted from Serie A.-Current squad:2011/2012-See also:...

) Mark Easter
Mark Easter
Mark Easter is a rugby union footballer who plays at No. 8 or Flanker for Sale Sharks after signing from the Northampton Saints in the Summer of 2011...

 (to   Sale Sharks
Sale Sharks
Sale Sharks are a professional rugby union club who play in England in the Aviva Premiership.The club is an offshoot of Sale FC, which is based at Heywood Road in Sale, Greater Manchester, but Sharks currently play in Stockport at Edgeley Park, ground sharing with Stockport County F.C.Part of the...

) Joe Ford
Joe Ford (rugby union)
Joe Ford is a rugby union footballer who plays for Northampton Saints. He plays at fullback or fly-half. His brother George plays for Leicester Tigers...

 (to   Leeds Carnegie) Shane Geraghty
Shane Geraghty
Shane Geraghty is an English rugby union player who plays for CA Brive in the Top 14.Geraghty's position of choice is as a Centre or at Fly-half.-Early life:...

 (to   Brive
CA Brive
Club Athlétique Brive Corrèze Limousin is a French rugby union team founded in 1910 and based in Brive-la-Gaillarde in the département of Corrèze of the Limousin région . They wear black and white and play in the Stade Amédée-Domenech .- History :The club was created on 15 March 1910 established on...

) Dan Sanderson (to   Moseley
Moseley Rugby Football Club
Moseley Rugby Football Club is an English rugby union club, based at Billesley Common in Birmingham, that competes in the RFU Championship. The club was historically the premier rugby club in Birmingham, reaching the final of the John Player Cup three times in the late 1970s and early 1980s...

) Bruce Reihana
Bruce Reihana
Bruce Trevor Reihana is a New Zealand rugby union footballer. He is an utility back and currently plays professional rugby for Union Bordeaux Bègles....

 (to   Bordeaux) Joe Ansbro
Joe Ansbro
Joe Ansbro is a Scottish international professional rugby union player. He is the first player of Afro-Caribbean origin to represent Scotland at test level in history. His favoured position is centre. He is currently playing for London Irish. -Early years:Ansbro was born in Glasgow and raised near...

 (to   London Irish
London Irish
London Irish RFC is an English rugby union club based in Sunbury, Surrey, where the senior squad train, the youth teams and senior academy play home games, and the club maintain their administrative offices. The senior squad play home games at the Madejski Stadium in Reading and compete in the top...

) Regardt Dreyer
Regardt Dreyer
Regardt Dreyer is a professional South African Rugby footballer currently playing for Aviva Premiership side Northampton Saints...

  Ryan Powell
Ryan Powell (rugby player)
Ryan Powell is a Wales international rugby union player. His position is scrum-half.-Career:He played for Northampton in the Aviva Premiership after playing for The Cardiff Blues. He joined Warriors from Cardiff Blues in March 2006 on a two-year contract...

 - Retiring

International caps in the club's history

Matias Cortese (Argentina
Argentina national rugby union team
The Argentina national rugby team, nicknamed Los Pumas, represents Argentina in international rugby union matches. The team, which plays in sky blue and white jerseys, is organised by the Argentine Rugby Union .Argentina played its first international rugby match in 1910 against a touring British...

) Ignacio Fernández Lobbe
Ignacio Fernández Lobbe
Carlos Ignacio Fernández Lobbe is an Argentine rugby union footballer. He currently plays with English side, Bath Rugby in the Aviva Premiership...

 (Argentina
Argentina national rugby union team
The Argentina national rugby team, nicknamed Los Pumas, represents Argentina in international rugby union matches. The team, which plays in sky blue and white jerseys, is organised by the Argentine Rugby Union .Argentina played its first international rugby match in 1910 against a touring British...

) Santiago González
Santiago González Bonorino
Santiago González Bonorino is a former Argentine rugby union player, most recently playing for Northampton Saints in the Guinness Premiership...

 (Argentina
Argentina national rugby union team
The Argentina national rugby team, nicknamed Los Pumas, represents Argentina in international rugby union matches. The team, which plays in sky blue and white jerseys, is organised by the Argentine Rugby Union .Argentina played its first international rugby match in 1910 against a touring British...

) Federico Mendez
Federico Mendez
Federico Mendez , also known as Freddie Mendez is an Argentine rugby union footballer.Méndez played professional rugby in South Africa, England and France...

 (Argentina
Argentina national rugby union team
The Argentina national rugby team, nicknamed Los Pumas, represents Argentina in international rugby union matches. The team, which plays in sky blue and white jerseys, is organised by the Argentine Rugby Union .Argentina played its first international rugby match in 1910 against a touring British...

) Martin Scelzo
Martín Scelzo
Martín Alejandro Scelzo is an Argentine rugby union footballer, currently playing for ASM Clermont Auvergne in the top division of French rugby, the Top 14 competition. He usually plays as a prop...

 (Argentina
Argentina national rugby union team
The Argentina national rugby team, nicknamed Los Pumas, represents Argentina in international rugby union matches. The team, which plays in sky blue and white jerseys, is organised by the Argentine Rugby Union .Argentina played its first international rugby match in 1910 against a touring British...

) Mark Connors
Mark Connors
Mark Connors is an Australian rugby union footballer. He is currently the Queensland Reds most capped player ever, playing 134 games for the side...

 (Australia
Australia national rugby union team
The Australian national rugby union team is the representative side of Australia in rugby union. The national team is nicknamed the Wallabies and competes annually with New Zealand and South Africa in the Tri-Nations Series, in which they also contest the Bledisloe Cup with New Zealand and the...

) Daniel Vickerman
Daniel Vickerman
Daniel Vickerman is a rugby union footballer for the New South Wales Waratahs and Australia who left a successful international career in 2008 to attend the University of Cambridge, where he read a degree in Land Economy at Hughes Hall, and returned to Australian Rugby in 2011...

 (Australia
Australia national rugby union team
The Australian national rugby union team is the representative side of Australia in rugby union. The national team is nicknamed the Wallabies and competes annually with New Zealand and South Africa in the Tri-Nations Series, in which they also contest the Bledisloe Cup with New Zealand and the...

) James Pritchard (Canada
Canada national rugby union team
The Canada national rugby union team represents Canada in international rugby union. They are governed by Rugby Canada, and play in red and black. Canada is classified by the International Rugby Board as a tier two rugby nation. There are ten tier one nations, and seven tier two nations, the...

) Geoff Appleford
Geoff Appleford
Geoff Appleford is a retired rugby union footballer who played for London Irish at centre, then ended his career with Northampton Saints, although because of injury he never played a competitive game for the club. Geoff also played for England...

 (England
England national rugby union team
The England national rugby union team represents England in rugby union. They compete in the annual Six Nations Championship with France, Ireland, Scotland, Italy, and Wales. They have won this championship on 26 occasions, 12 times winning the Grand Slam, making them the most successful team in...

) Chris Ashton
Chris Ashton
Chris Ashton is an English rugby union player who has represented England in both Rugby League and Rugby Union...

 (England
England national rugby union team
The England national rugby union team represents England in rugby union. They compete in the annual Six Nations Championship with France, Ireland, Scotland, Italy, and Wales. They have won this championship on 26 occasions, 12 times winning the Grand Slam, making them the most successful team in...

) Martin Bayfield
Martin Bayfield
Martin Christopher Bayfield is an English former rugby union footballer who played lock forward for Northampton Saints, Bedford Blues and England, gaining 31 England and 3 Lions caps.Bayfield was born in Bedford...

 (England
England national rugby union team
The England national rugby union team represents England in rugby union. They compete in the annual Six Nations Championship with France, Ireland, Scotland, Italy, and Wales. They have won this championship on 26 occasions, 12 times winning the Grand Slam, making them the most successful team in...

 and British and Irish Lions
British and Irish Lions
The British and Irish Lions is a rugby union team made up of players from England, Scotland, Ireland and Wales...

) Nick Beal
Nick Beal
Nicholas David Beal is a rugby union player who played at Fullback for Northampton Saints, England and the Lions. He attended the Royal Grammar School, High Wycombe....

 (England
England national rugby union team
The England national rugby union team represents England in rugby union. They compete in the annual Six Nations Championship with France, Ireland, Scotland, Italy, and Wales. They have won this championship on 26 occasions, 12 times winning the Grand Slam, making them the most successful team in...

) Jeff Butterfield
Jeff Butterfield
Jeffrey Butterfield was an England, British and Irish Lions, Northampton and Barbarians Rugby player and businessman....

 (England
England national rugby union team
The England national rugby union team represents England in rugby union. They compete in the annual Six Nations Championship with France, Ireland, Scotland, Italy, and Wales. They have won this championship on 26 occasions, 12 times winning the Grand Slam, making them the most successful team in...

 and British and Irish Lions
British and Irish Lions
The British and Irish Lions is a rugby union team made up of players from England, Scotland, Ireland and Wales...

) Noah Cato
Noah Cato
Noah Cato is a rugby union player who currently plays as a Winger/Fullback for Northampton Rugby Club in the Guinness Premiership....

 (England
England national rugby union team
The England national rugby union team represents England in rugby union. They compete in the annual Six Nations Championship with France, Ireland, Scotland, Italy, and Wales. They have won this championship on 26 occasions, 12 times winning the Grand Slam, making them the most successful team in...

) Ben Cohen
Ben Cohen (rugby player)
Benjamin Christopher "Ben" Cohen, MBE is a former England rugby union international. He began his professional career with Northampton Saints in 1996; in 2007 he moved to France to represent Brive before returning to England two years later to join Sale Sharks...

 (England
England national rugby union team
The England national rugby union team represents England in rugby union. They compete in the annual Six Nations Championship with France, Ireland, Scotland, Italy, and Wales. They have won this championship on 26 occasions, 12 times winning the Grand Slam, making them the most successful team in...

 and British and Irish Lions
British and Irish Lions
The British and Irish Lions is a rugby union team made up of players from England, Scotland, Ireland and Wales...

) Matt Dawson
Matt Dawson
Matthew James Sutherland "Daws" Dawson, MBE is a retired English rugby union player who played scrum half for Wasps and Northampton Saints. During his international career he toured with the British and Irish Lions three times and was part of England's 2003 Rugby World Cup winning side...

 (England
England national rugby union team
The England national rugby union team represents England in rugby union. They compete in the annual Six Nations Championship with France, Ireland, Scotland, Italy, and Wales. They have won this championship on 26 occasions, 12 times winning the Grand Slam, making them the most successful team in...

 and British and Irish Lions
British and Irish Lions
The British and Irish Lions is a rugby union team made up of players from England, Scotland, Ireland and Wales...

) Paul Doran-Jones
Paul Doran-Jones
Paul Doran-Jones is a rugby union footballer, currently playing in the Aviva Premiership for Northampton Saints. He plays as a prop.-Club career:...

 (England
England national rugby union team
The England national rugby union team represents England in rugby union. They compete in the annual Six Nations Championship with France, Ireland, Scotland, Italy, and Wales. They have won this championship on 26 occasions, 12 times winning the Grand Slam, making them the most successful team in...

) Phil Dowson
Phil Dowson
Phil Dowson is an English rugby union player for Northampton Saints in the Aviva Premiership.Dowson's position of choice is as a Number 8 and he can also operate as a Flanker....

 (England
England national rugby union team
The England national rugby union team represents England in rugby union. They compete in the annual Six Nations Championship with France, Ireland, Scotland, Italy, and Wales. They have won this championship on 26 occasions, 12 times winning the Grand Slam, making them the most successful team in...

) Ben Foden
Ben Foden
Benjamin Foden is a rugby union footballer who plays for Northampton Saints and England. He plays at fullback or scrum-half, but can also operate on the wing...

 (England
England national rugby union team
The England national rugby union team represents England in rugby union. They compete in the annual Six Nations Championship with France, Ireland, Scotland, Italy, and Wales. They have won this championship on 26 occasions, 12 times winning the Grand Slam, making them the most successful team in...

) Shane Geraghty
Shane Geraghty
Shane Geraghty is an English rugby union player who plays for CA Brive in the Top 14.Geraghty's position of choice is as a Centre or at Fly-half.-Early life:...

 (England
England national rugby union team
The England national rugby union team represents England in rugby union. They compete in the annual Six Nations Championship with France, Ireland, Scotland, Italy, and Wales. They have won this championship on 26 occasions, 12 times winning the Grand Slam, making them the most successful team in...

) Paul Grayson
Paul Grayson (rugby player)
Paul James Grayson is the assistant head coach ofNorthampton Saints rugby union club. He formerly played at fly-half for Northampton and England. He is known as "Larry" or "Grase"....

 (England
England national rugby union team
The England national rugby union team represents England in rugby union. They compete in the annual Six Nations Championship with France, Ireland, Scotland, Italy, and Wales. They have won this championship on 26 occasions, 12 times winning the Grand Slam, making them the most successful team in...

) Dylan Hartley
Dylan Hartley
Dylan Hartley is an English, New Zealand born rugby union footballer who plays at hooker for Northampton Saints, and England.-Early career:Hartley was born in New Zealand, but qualifies to play for England through his English mother...

 (England
England national rugby union team
The England national rugby union team represents England in rugby union. They compete in the annual Six Nations Championship with France, Ireland, Scotland, Italy, and Wales. They have won this championship on 26 occasions, 12 times winning the Grand Slam, making them the most successful team in...

) Roger Hosen
Roger Hosen
Roger Willis Hosen was an England Rugby union player and cricketer.-Early life:He was born in Mabe and he first played rugby for Penryn while still at Falmouth Grammar School....

 (England
England national rugby union team
The England national rugby union team represents England in rugby union. They compete in the annual Six Nations Championship with France, Ireland, Scotland, Italy, and Wales. They have won this championship on 26 occasions, 12 times winning the Grand Slam, making them the most successful team in...

) Ian Hunter
Ian Hunter (rugby player)
Ian Hunter is a former rugby union footballer who played on the wing or at full back for Northampton Saints and England...

 (England
England national rugby union team
The England national rugby union team represents England in rugby union. They compete in the annual Six Nations Championship with France, Ireland, Scotland, Italy, and Wales. They have won this championship on 26 occasions, 12 times winning the Grand Slam, making them the most successful team in...

) Dickie Jeeps
Dickie Jeeps
Richard Eric Gautrey Jeeps , known as Dickie Jeeps, was an English rugby union player who played for Northampton and represented and captained both the England national rugby union team and the British Lions in the 1950s and 1960s...

 (England
England national rugby union team
The England national rugby union team represents England in rugby union. They compete in the annual Six Nations Championship with France, Ireland, Scotland, Italy, and Wales. They have won this championship on 26 occasions, 12 times winning the Grand Slam, making them the most successful team in...

 and British and Irish Lions
British and Irish Lions
The British and Irish Lions is a rugby union team made up of players from England, Scotland, Ireland and Wales...

) Peter Larter
Peter Larter
Peter John Larter is a former international rugby union player.He was capped twenty-four times as a lock for England between 1967 and 1973, scoring one try and one penalty for England....

 (England
England national rugby union team
The England national rugby union team represents England in rugby union. They compete in the annual Six Nations Championship with France, Ireland, Scotland, Italy, and Wales. They have won this championship on 26 occasions, 12 times winning the Grand Slam, making them the most successful team in...

 and British and Irish Lions
British and Irish Lions
The British and Irish Lions is a rugby union team made up of players from England, Scotland, Ireland and Wales...

) Courtney Lawes
Courtney Lawes
Courtney Lawes is a professional rugby player for Northampton Saints, who play in the Aviva Premiership. Lawes is a versatile player, equally at home in the second and back rows. Indeed, he is the very epitome of the modern rugby forward, more akin to a basketball player thanks to an athletic...

 (England
England national rugby union team
The England national rugby union team represents England in rugby union. They compete in the annual Six Nations Championship with France, Ireland, Scotland, Italy, and Wales. They have won this championship on 26 occasions, 12 times winning the Grand Slam, making them the most successful team in...

 Andy Long
Andy Long
Andy Long is an English rugby union footballer who plays at Hooker for Northampton Saints. He has 2 caps for England.Originally a product of the Bath academy, where he came to the attention of Bath coach Clive Woodward, having captained England U19 and U21...

 (England
England national rugby union team
The England national rugby union team represents England in rugby union. They compete in the annual Six Nations Championship with France, Ireland, Scotland, Italy, and Wales. They have won this championship on 26 occasions, 12 times winning the Grand Slam, making them the most successful team in...

 Stephen Myler
Stephen Myler
Stephen Myler is an English rugby union player who plays at Fly-half for Northampton Saints in the Aviva Premiership.-Rugby league career:...

 (England
England national rugby union team
The England national rugby union team represents England in rugby union. They compete in the annual Six Nations Championship with France, Ireland, Scotland, Italy, and Wales. They have won this championship on 26 occasions, 12 times winning the Grand Slam, making them the most successful team in...

) Robbie Morris
Robbie Morris
Robbie Morris is a former rugby union player.Morris' position of choice was as a prop; he could play at both tighthead and loosehead.He quit rugby in 2010 due to a back injury.-External links:***...

 (England
England national rugby union team
The England national rugby union team represents England in rugby union. They compete in the annual Six Nations Championship with France, Ireland, Scotland, Italy, and Wales. They have won this championship on 26 occasions, 12 times winning the Grand Slam, making them the most successful team in...

 John Olver (England
England national rugby union team
The England national rugby union team represents England in rugby union. They compete in the annual Six Nations Championship with France, Ireland, Scotland, Italy, and Wales. They have won this championship on 26 occasions, 12 times winning the Grand Slam, making them the most successful team in...

) Gary Pearce
Gary Pearce (rugby union)
Gary Stephen Pearce is a former English rugby union player. He played as a prop.He played for Northampton Saints....

 (England
England national rugby union team
The England national rugby union team represents England in rugby union. They compete in the annual Six Nations Championship with France, Ireland, Scotland, Italy, and Wales. They have won this championship on 26 occasions, 12 times winning the Grand Slam, making them the most successful team in...

) David "Piggy" Powell (England
England national rugby union team
The England national rugby union team represents England in rugby union. They compete in the annual Six Nations Championship with France, Ireland, Scotland, Italy, and Wales. They have won this championship on 26 occasions, 12 times winning the Grand Slam, making them the most successful team in...

) Tim Rodber
Tim Rodber
Timothy Andrew Keith Rodber formerly a rugby union footballer who played at Number eight, flanker or lock for Northampton Saints, England, and the British and Irish Lions...

 (England
England national rugby union team
The England national rugby union team represents England in rugby union. They compete in the annual Six Nations Championship with France, Ireland, Scotland, Italy, and Wales. They have won this championship on 26 occasions, 12 times winning the Grand Slam, making them the most successful team in...

 and British and Irish Lions
British and Irish Lions
The British and Irish Lions is a rugby union team made up of players from England, Scotland, Ireland and Wales...

) Keith Savage
Keith Savage (rugby player)
Keith Frederick Savage is a former international rugby union player.He was capped thirteen times on the wing for England between 1966 and 1968. He scored one try for England. He was selected for the 1966 British Lions tour to Australia and New Zealand and the 1968 British Lions tour to South Africa...

 (England
England national rugby union team
The England national rugby union team represents England in rugby union. They compete in the annual Six Nations Championship with France, Ireland, Scotland, Italy, and Wales. They have won this championship on 26 occasions, 12 times winning the Grand Slam, making them the most successful team in...

 and British and Irish Lions
British and Irish Lions
The British and Irish Lions is a rugby union team made up of players from England, Scotland, Ireland and Wales...

) Jon Sleightholme
Jon Sleightholme
Jonathan Mark Sleightholme is a former rugby union footballer who played on the wing for Wakefield, Bath, Northampton Saints, Yorkshire, England Sevens and England....

 (England
England national rugby union team
The England national rugby union team represents England in rugby union. They compete in the annual Six Nations Championship with France, Ireland, Scotland, Italy, and Wales. They have won this championship on 26 occasions, 12 times winning the Grand Slam, making them the most successful team in...

 and British and Irish Lions
British and Irish Lions
The British and Irish Lions is a rugby union team made up of players from England, Scotland, Ireland and Wales...

) Bob Taylor
Bob Taylor (rugby player)
Robert Bainbridge Taylor is a former England rugby player and past president of the Rugby Football Union. He is from Northampton, England, and studied at King Alfred's College from 1960 - 1963....

 (England
England national rugby union team
The England national rugby union team represents England in rugby union. They compete in the annual Six Nations Championship with France, Ireland, Scotland, Italy, and Wales. They have won this championship on 26 occasions, 12 times winning the Grand Slam, making them the most successful team in...

 and British and Irish Lions
British and Irish Lions
The British and Irish Lions is a rugby union team made up of players from England, Scotland, Ireland and Wales...

) Phil Taylor (England
England national rugby union team
The England national rugby union team represents England in rugby union. They compete in the annual Six Nations Championship with France, Ireland, Scotland, Italy, and Wales. They have won this championship on 26 occasions, 12 times winning the Grand Slam, making them the most successful team in...

) Steve Thompson
Steve Thompson (rugby player)
Steve Thompson MBE is a rugby union player who plays at hooker for London Wasps and England.He is England's most capped hooker, and has played for the British and Irish Lions.-Northampton Saints:...

 (England
England national rugby union team
The England national rugby union team represents England in rugby union. They compete in the annual Six Nations Championship with France, Ireland, Scotland, Italy, and Wales. They have won this championship on 26 occasions, 12 times winning the Grand Slam, making them the most successful team in...

 and British and Irish Lions
British and Irish Lions
The British and Irish Lions is a rugby union team made up of players from England, Scotland, Ireland and Wales...

) Bryan West
Bryan West
Bryan West is a former international rugby union player.He was capped eight times as a flanker for England between 1968 and 1970....

 (England
England national rugby union team
The England national rugby union team represents England in rugby union. They compete in the annual Six Nations Championship with France, Ireland, Scotland, Italy, and Wales. They have won this championship on 26 occasions, 12 times winning the Grand Slam, making them the most successful team in...

) Don White
Don White (footballer)
Donald Frederick White was an English rugby union footballer and coach.He was educated at Wellingborough grammar school, and at the age of 17 made his debut for Northampton, playing at prop. He made his Test debut for England in 1947 against Wales as flanker...

  (England
England national rugby union team
The England national rugby union team represents England in rugby union. They compete in the annual Six Nations Championship with France, Ireland, Scotland, Italy, and Wales. They have won this championship on 26 occasions, 12 times winning the Grand Slam, making them the most successful team in...

)
Olivier Brouzet
Olivier Brouzet
Olivier Brouzet is a French rugby union footballer. His usual position was at lock. He has played over 70 internationals for France, including being a part of numerous Rugby World Cup squads for France. He has also played for a variety of French and English clubs.Brouzet made his debut for France...

 (France
France national rugby union team
The France national rugby union team represents France in rugby union. They compete annually against England, Ireland, Italy, Scotland and Wales in the Six Nations Championship. They have won the championship outright sixteen times, shared it a further eight times, and have completed nine grand slams...

) David Gerard (France
France national rugby union team
The France national rugby union team represents France in rugby union. They compete annually against England, Ireland, Italy, Scotland and Wales in the Six Nations Championship. They have won the championship outright sixteen times, shared it a further eight times, and have completed nine grand slams...

) Christian Labit
Christian Labit
Christian Labit is a French rugby player. He played for both RC Narbonne and Stade Toulousain and then moved to English club Northampton Saints...

 (France
France national rugby union team
The France national rugby union team represents France in rugby union. They compete annually against England, Ireland, Italy, Scotland and Wales in the Six Nations Championship. They have won the championship outright sixteen times, shared it a further eight times, and have completed nine grand slams...

) Vaughan Going (Hong Kong
Hong Kong
Hong Kong is one of two Special Administrative Regions of the People's Republic of China , the other being Macau. A city-state situated on China's south coast and enclosed by the Pearl River Delta and South China Sea, it is renowned for its expansive skyline and deep natural harbour...

) Neil Best
Neil Best
Neil Best is a rugby union footballer, He plays for Worcester Warriors and the Irish national team....

 (Ireland
Ireland national rugby union team
The Ireland national rugby union team represents the island of Ireland in rugby union. The team competes annually in the Six Nations Championship and every four years in the Rugby World Cup, where they reached the quarter-final stage in all but two competitions The Ireland national rugby union...

) Jonathan Bell
Jonathan Bell (rugby player)
Jonathan Charles Bell is a rugby union player who played at centre for Ulster, Dungannon, Northampton and Ireland. He made his international debut in 1994 against Australia....

 (Ireland
Ireland national rugby union team
The Ireland national rugby union team represents the island of Ireland in rugby union. The team competes annually in the Six Nations Championship and every four years in the Rugby World Cup, where they reached the quarter-final stage in all but two competitions The Ireland national rugby union...

) Roger Wilson
Roger Wilson (rugby player)
Roger Wilson is an Irish rugby union footballer. Formerly of Ulster, he now plays for the Northampton Saints. His grandfather, Harry McKibbin and his two uncles, Harry Jnr and Alastair, have also represented Ireland....

 (Ireland
Ireland national rugby union team
The Ireland national rugby union team represents the island of Ireland in rugby union. The team competes annually in the Six Nations Championship and every four years in the Rugby World Cup, where they reached the quarter-final stage in all but two competitions The Ireland national rugby union...

) David Quinlan
David Quinlan (rugby footballer)
David Quinlan is a retired Irish rugby player. He played for Blackrock College, Leinster and Northampton, as well as earning two caps for the Irish national team. His position of choice was as an inside centre. He retired due to injury in 2007.-References:...

 (Ireland
Ireland national rugby union team
The Ireland national rugby union team represents the island of Ireland in rugby union. The team competes annually in the Six Nations Championship and every four years in the Rugby World Cup, where they reached the quarter-final stage in all but two competitions The Ireland national rugby union...

) Paul Shields (Ireland
Ireland national rugby union team
The Ireland national rugby union team represents the island of Ireland in rugby union. The team competes annually in the Six Nations Championship and every four years in the Rugby World Cup, where they reached the quarter-final stage in all but two competitions The Ireland national rugby union...

) Andrew Blowers
Andrew Blowers
Andrew Francis Blowers is a rugby union player who played for Auckland Blues, Northampton Saints and Bristol. He played for the All Blacks between 1996 and 1999 in which he had played 11 tests and 7 games...

 (New Zealand) Sam Harding
Sam Harding
Samuel Harding is a rugby union footballer who plays at flanker. He was born in Subiaco.In 2002, Harding won a cap with the All Blacks against Fiji....

 (New Zealand) Bruce Reihana
Bruce Reihana
Bruce Trevor Reihana is a New Zealand rugby union footballer. He is an utility back and currently plays professional rugby for Union Bordeaux Bègles....

 (New Zealand) Mark Robinson (New Zealand) Wayne Shelford
Wayne Shelford
Wayne Thomas "Buck" Shelford is a New Zealand former rugby union footballer and coach who represented and captained New Zealand in the late 1980s...

 (New Zealand) Carlos Spencer
Carlos Spencer
Carlos James Spencer is a New Zealand rugby union footballer who currently plays at fly-half for the Lions in the Super 14 and formerly for the New Zealand All Blacks. He is well known for his flamboyant, attacking play and ball handling skills. He has signed to play for the Lions for 2010 and 2011...

 (New Zealand) Vasily Artemiev
Vasily Artemiev
-Career:Artemyev's representative honours include Leinster Schools,U19’s & U20’s, Irish Schools & Irish U’19’s. Vasily came to Blackrock College school from Russia and won schools Junior Cup and Senior Cup medals there...

 (Russia
Russia national rugby union team
The Russian National Rugby Union Team, is the national team representing Russia at the sport of rugby union.Rugby union in Russia is administered by the Rugby Union of Russia . The RUR is the official successor union of the Soviet Union and the combined CIS team which played in the early 1990s...

) Pat Lam
Pat Lam
Patrick Richard Lam is a former New Zealand rugby union footballer, of Samoan descent. He was the head coach of Auckland before being appointed head coach of Super 14 team the Blues in 2009. He went to St. Peter's College, Epsom, and captained the New Zealand Secondary Schools rugby team...

 (Samoa
Samoa national rugby union team
The Manu Samoa is the men's representative side of the Samoa Rugby Union in both the 15's and the 7's for international competitions. The Samoa Rugby Union is owned by the affiliated rugby unions of Samoa. In Samoa, Manu Samoa is in honour of a famous Samoan warrior. From 1924 to 1997 Samoa was...

) George Pisi
George Pisi
George Pisi is a rugby union player for the Northampton Saints in the Aviva Premiership.Pisi made his provincial debut playing for North Harbour in 2005 alongside his elder brother Tusi Pisi. He made 50 appearances for North Harbour before transferring to Taranaki for the 2010 ITM Cup...

 (Samoa
Samoa national rugby union team
The Manu Samoa is the men's representative side of the Samoa Rugby Union in both the 15's and the 7's for international competitions. The Samoa Rugby Union is owned by the affiliated rugby unions of Samoa. In Samoa, Manu Samoa is in honour of a famous Samoan warrior. From 1924 to 1997 Samoa was...

) Paul Tupai (Samoa
Samoa national rugby union team
The Manu Samoa is the men's representative side of the Samoa Rugby Union in both the 15's and the 7's for international competitions. The Samoa Rugby Union is owned by the affiliated rugby unions of Samoa. In Samoa, Manu Samoa is in honour of a famous Samoan warrior. From 1924 to 1997 Samoa was...

) Joe Ansbro
Joe Ansbro
Joe Ansbro is a Scottish international professional rugby union player. He is the first player of Afro-Caribbean origin to represent Scotland at test level in history. His favoured position is centre. He is currently playing for London Irish. -Early years:Ansbro was born in Glasgow and raised near...

 (Scotland
Scotland national rugby union team
The Scotland national rugby union team represent Scotland in international rugby union. Rugby union in Scotland is administered by the Scottish Rugby Union. The Scotland rugby union team is currently ranked eighth in the IRB World Rankings as of 19 September 2011...

) Ross Beatie (Scotland
Scotland national rugby union team
The Scotland national rugby union team represent Scotland in international rugby union. Rugby union in Scotland is administered by the Scottish Rugby Union. The Scotland rugby union team is currently ranked eighth in the IRB World Rankings as of 19 September 2011...

) Michael Dods (Scotland
Scotland national rugby union team
The Scotland national rugby union team represent Scotland in international rugby union. Rugby union in Scotland is administered by the Scottish Rugby Union. The Scotland rugby union team is currently ranked eighth in the IRB World Rankings as of 19 September 2011...

) Scott Gray
Scott Gray (rugby union)
Scott Donald Gray in Salisbury, Rhodesia is a rugby union footballer for Northampton Saints in the Guinness Premiership. Gray plays as a flanker....

 (Scotland
Scotland national rugby union team
The Scotland national rugby union team represent Scotland in international rugby union. Rugby union in Scotland is administered by the Scottish Rugby Union. The Scotland rugby union team is currently ranked eighth in the IRB World Rankings as of 19 September 2011...

) John Leslie
John Leslie (rugby player)
John Andrew Leslie is a former rugby union footballer who played at centre for Scotland. He is the elder son of Andy Leslie the great All Blacks captain and the brother of Martin Leslie who also played for Scotland...

 (Scotland
Scotland national rugby union team
The Scotland national rugby union team represent Scotland in international rugby union. Rugby union in Scotland is administered by the Scottish Rugby Union. The Scotland rugby union team is currently ranked eighth in the IRB World Rankings as of 19 September 2011...

) Sean Lamont
Sean Lamont
Sean Lamont is a Scottish international rugby union player who plays at centre and on the wing. His younger brother Rory Lamont is also a Scotland international rugby union player.-Biography:...

 (Scotland
Scotland national rugby union team
The Scotland national rugby union team represent Scotland in international rugby union. Rugby union in Scotland is administered by the Scottish Rugby Union. The Scotland rugby union team is currently ranked eighth in the IRB World Rankings as of 19 September 2011...

) Euan Murray
Euan Murray
Euan Murray is a Scottish rugby union footballer, formerly playing for Northampton Saints in the Aviva Premiership competition before joining Newcastle Falcons. He has also played for the Scotland national team. He was a part of their 2007 Six Nations squad, and scored a try in their final game...

 (Scotland
Scotland national rugby union team
The Scotland national rugby union team represent Scotland in international rugby union. Rugby union in Scotland is administered by the Scottish Rugby Union. The Scotland rugby union team is currently ranked eighth in the IRB World Rankings as of 19 September 2011...

) and British and Irish Lions
British and Irish Lions
The British and Irish Lions is a rugby union team made up of players from England, Scotland, Ireland and Wales...

) Budge Pountney
Budge Pountney
Anthony Charles Pountney is the former Director of Rugby at Northampton Saints rugby union club. He formerly played at flanker for Northampton and Scotland...

 (Scotland
Scotland national rugby union team
The Scotland national rugby union team represent Scotland in international rugby union. Rugby union in Scotland is administered by the Scottish Rugby Union. The Scotland rugby union team is currently ranked eighth in the IRB World Rankings as of 19 September 2011...

) Tom Smith
Tom Smith (rugby player)
Tom Smith is a rugby union coach and former player born in London, England who represented Scotland and the Lions.-Education and background:He was educated at Emanuel School in London and Rannoch School in Scotland...

 (Scotland
Scotland national rugby union team
The Scotland national rugby union team represent Scotland in international rugby union. Rugby union in Scotland is administered by the Scottish Rugby Union. The Scotland rugby union team is currently ranked eighth in the IRB World Rankings as of 19 September 2011...

 and British and Irish Lions
British and Irish Lions
The British and Irish Lions is a rugby union team made up of players from England, Scotland, Ireland and Wales...

) Barry Stewart
Barry Stewart
Barry Stewart Northampton Saints rugby union player, position prop. He also played for the Scotland rugby union team and won five caps.-References:...

 (Scotland
Scotland national rugby union team
The Scotland national rugby union team represent Scotland in international rugby union. Rugby union in Scotland is administered by the Scottish Rugby Union. The Scotland rugby union team is currently ranked eighth in the IRB World Rankings as of 19 September 2011...

) Richard Metcalfe
Richard Metcalfe
Richard Metcalfe is a former Scottish rugby union footballer. He was the world's tallest ever international rugby player and Britain's tallest athlete. At 7 feet , Metcalfe was about six inches taller than a typical second row forward, giving him considerable presence at the front of the line-out...

 (Scotland
Scotland national rugby union team
The Scotland national rugby union team represent Scotland in international rugby union. Rugby union in Scotland is administered by the Scottish Rugby Union. The Scotland rugby union team is currently ranked eighth in the IRB World Rankings as of 19 September 2011...

) Mattie Stewart (Scotland
Scotland national rugby union team
The Scotland national rugby union team represent Scotland in international rugby union. Rugby union in Scotland is administered by the Scottish Rugby Union. The Scotland rugby union team is currently ranked eighth in the IRB World Rankings as of 19 September 2011...

) Gregor Townsend
Gregor Townsend
Gregor Peter John Townsend MBE is a former Scottish rugby union player who played at fly-half, full back and latterly centre....

 (Scotland
Scotland national rugby union team
The Scotland national rugby union team represent Scotland in international rugby union. Rugby union in Scotland is administered by the Scottish Rugby Union. The Scotland rugby union team is currently ranked eighth in the IRB World Rankings as of 19 September 2011...

 and British and Irish Lions
British and Irish Lions
The British and Irish Lions is a rugby union team made up of players from England, Scotland, Ireland and Wales...

) Selborne Boome
Selborne Boome
Selborne Boome is a rugby union player who has made 20 appearances for the South African national rugby union team, the Springboks. He also played for Northampton Saints and the provincial team, the Stormers.- External links :...

 (South Africa
South Africa national rugby union team
The South African national rugby union team are 2009 British and Irish Lions Series winners. They are currently ranked as the fourth best team in the IRB World Rankings and were named 2008 World Team of the Year at the prestigious Laureus World Sports Awards.Although South Africa was instrumental...

) Robbie Kempson (South Africa
South Africa national rugby union team
The South African national rugby union team are 2009 British and Irish Lions Series winners. They are currently ranked as the fourth best team in the IRB World Rankings and were named 2008 World Team of the Year at the prestigious Laureus World Sports Awards.Although South Africa was instrumental...

) Corne Krige
Corné Krige
Cornelius Petrus Johannes "Corné" Krige was a South African rugby union footballer, now retired, who played flanker for Western Province in the Currie Cup, the Stormers in Super Rugby and captained the South African national side, the Springboks.-Career:Corne Krige was Zambian-born and his parents...

 (South Africa
South Africa national rugby union team
The South African national rugby union team are 2009 British and Irish Lions Series winners. They are currently ranked as the fourth best team in the IRB World Rankings and were named 2008 World Team of the Year at the prestigious Laureus World Sports Awards.Although South Africa was instrumental...

) Brian Mujati
Brian Mujati
Brian Mujati Brian Mujati Brian Mujati (born (28 September 1984 in Bulawayo, Zimbabwe) is a Zimbabwean-born South African rugby union player for Northampton Saints in the Aviva Premiership. He plays as a prop....

 (South Africa
South Africa national rugby union team
The South African national rugby union team are 2009 British and Irish Lions Series winners. They are currently ranked as the fourth best team in the IRB World Rankings and were named 2008 World Team of the Year at the prestigious Laureus World Sports Awards.Although South Africa was instrumental...

) Garry Pagel
Garry Pagel
Garry Louis Pagel, born 17 September 1966 in King Williams Town , is a former South African rugby union player who played for the South Africa national rugby union team between 1995 and 1996.He played as a prop ....

 (South Africa
South Africa national rugby union team
The South African national rugby union team are 2009 British and Irish Lions Series winners. They are currently ranked as the fourth best team in the IRB World Rankings and were named 2008 World Team of the Year at the prestigious Laureus World Sports Awards.Although South Africa was instrumental...

) Tevita Taumoepeau
Tevita Taumoepeau
Tevita Taumoepeau is a Tongan international rugby union player. He currently plays for Worcester Warriors in the Aviva Premiership. He plays as a tighthead prop-Career:...

 (Tonga
Tonga national rugby union team
The Tonga national rugby union team is nicknamed Ikale Tahi . Like their Polynesian neighbours, the Tongans start their matches with a war dance – the Kailao . They are members of the Pacific Islands Rugby Alliance along with Fiji and Samoa...

 and Pacific Islanders
Pacific Islanders rugby union team
The Pacific Islanders rugby union team is an international rugby union team, started in 2004, that represents Fiji, Samoa and Tonga. While Niue and the Cook Islands are not members of the Pacific Tri-Nations competition, they did supply players to the squad for the Pacific Islanders' tour in 2004...

) Soane Tonga'uiha
Soane Tonga'uiha
Soane Tonga'uiha is a Tongan-born, New Zealand-educated, rugby union player. He plays for Northampton Saints and internationally for Tonga. His position of choice is at loose-head prop and sometimes tight-head prop...

 (Tonga
Tonga national rugby union team
The Tonga national rugby union team is nicknamed Ikale Tahi . Like their Polynesian neighbours, the Tongans start their matches with a war dance – the Kailao . They are members of the Pacific Islands Rugby Alliance along with Fiji and Samoa...

 and Pacific Islanders
Pacific Islanders rugby union team
The Pacific Islanders rugby union team is an international rugby union team, started in 2004, that represents Fiji, Samoa and Tonga. While Niue and the Cook Islands are not members of the Pacific Tri-Nations competition, they did supply players to the squad for the Pacific Islanders' tour in 2004...

) Samu Manoa
Samu Manoa
Samu Manoa is an American rugby union player for SFGG.-Career:Manoa started playing rugby at 13 years old with his family. He has since won the National Super League Championships with SFGG and started playing with the U.S. Select XV side for the ARC...

 (USA
United States national rugby union team
USA Rugby's men's national rugby union team, nicknamed the Eagles, represents the United States in the sport of rugby union. The Eagles are currently ranked 17th by the IRB World Rankings. Their highest ranking was from November 2, 2006 – September 10, 2007 at the 14th position...

) Chris Wyles
Chris Wyles
Chris Wyles is an International rugby union player who plays for the USA Eagles and plays his club rugby for Saracens in the Aviva Premiership. He plays as a fullback or wing...

 (USA
United States national rugby union team
USA Rugby's men's national rugby union team, nicknamed the Eagles, represents the United States in the sport of rugby union. The Eagles are currently ranked 17th by the IRB World Rankings. Their highest ranking was from November 2, 2006 – September 10, 2007 at the 14th position...

) Allan Bateman
Allan Bateman
Allan Glen Bateman is a Welsh former rugby union and rugby league player, a dual-code rugby international centre who represented the British Lions at rugby union and Great Britain at rugby league....

 (Wales
Wales national rugby union team
The Wales national rugby union team represent Wales in international rugby union tournaments. They compete annually in the Six Nations Championship with England, France, Ireland, Italy and Scotland. Wales have won the Six Nations and its predecessors 24 times outright, second only to England with...

) and British and Irish Lions
British and Irish Lions
The British and Irish Lions is a rugby union team made up of players from England, Scotland, Ireland and Wales...

) Ben Broster
Ben Broster
Ben Broster is an English-born Welsh international rugby union footballer. He qualifies to play for Wales through his Welsh mother. He is a tighthead prop and is known for his scrummaging technique and mobility...

 (Wales
Wales national rugby union team
The Wales national rugby union team represent Wales in international rugby union tournaments. They compete annually in the Six Nations Championship with England, France, Ireland, Italy and Scotland. Wales have won the Six Nations and its predecessors 24 times outright, second only to England with...

) Darren Morris
Darren Morris
Darren Morris is a Wales international rugby union player and has represented the British and Irish Lions. He plays as a loosehead prop.-Club career:...

 (Wales
Wales national rugby union team
The Wales national rugby union team represent Wales in international rugby union tournaments. They compete annually in the Six Nations Championship with England, France, Ireland, Italy and Scotland. Wales have won the Six Nations and its predecessors 24 times outright, second only to England with...

) and British and Irish Lions
British and Irish Lions
The British and Irish Lions is a rugby union team made up of players from England, Scotland, Ireland and Wales...

) Ryan Powell
Ryan Powell (rugby player)
Ryan Powell is a Wales international rugby union player. His position is scrum-half.-Career:He played for Northampton in the Aviva Premiership after playing for The Cardiff Blues. He joined Warriors from Cardiff Blues in March 2006 on a two-year contract...

 (Wales
Wales national rugby union team
The Wales national rugby union team represent Wales in international rugby union tournaments. They compete annually in the Six Nations Championship with England, France, Ireland, Italy and Scotland. Wales have won the Six Nations and its predecessors 24 times outright, second only to England with...

) Martin Roberts
Martin Roberts
Martin Roberts is a Wales international rugby union footballer who currently plays at scrum-half for the Northampton Saints in the Aviva Premiership....

 (Wales
Wales national rugby union team
The Wales national rugby union team represent Wales in international rugby union tournaments. They compete annually in the Six Nations Championship with England, France, Ireland, Italy and Scotland. Wales have won the Six Nations and its predecessors 24 times outright, second only to England with...

)

Hall of Fame


The history of Northampton Saints is one filled with illustrious names. To recognise and honour their time in the black, green and gold the club established its Hall of Fame in 2004. To date 11 legendary players have been inducted:
  • Ron Jacobs- Prop
  • David Powell- Prop
  • Ray Longland- Prop
  • Gary Pearce- Prop
  • Vince Cannon- Lock
  • Don White- Flanker
  • Tim Rodber- Back row
  • Dickie Jeeps- Scrum-half
  • Gordon Sturridge- Fly-half
  • Jeff Butterfield- Centre
  • Edgar Mobbs- Winger

Club honours

  • Heineken Cup
    Heineken Cup
    The Heineken Cup is one of two annual rugby union competitions organised by European Rugby Cup involving leading club, regional and provincial teams from the six International Rugby Board countries in Europe whose national teams compete in the Six Nations Championship: England, France, Ireland,...

     (1)
    • Winners 1999–2000
    • Runners up 2010–2011
      2010–11 Heineken Cup
      The 2010–11 Heineken Cup was the 16th season of the Heineken Cup, the annual rugby union European club competition for clubs from the top six nations in European rugby...

  • European Challenge Cup
    European Challenge Cup
    The European Challenge Cup, currently known for sponsorship reasons as the Amlin Challenge Cup, is one of two annual rugby union competitions organised by European Rugby Cup. The cup was known as the Parker Pen Shield from 2001 to 2003 and Parker Pen Challenge Cup from 2003 to 2005. The European...

     (1)
    • Winners 2008–09
  • National Division One/RFU Championship
    RFU Championship
    The RFU Championship replaced National Division One as the second tier in the English rugby union system in September 2009. Unlike National Division One, which is semi-professional, the RFU Championship is a fully professional league.-History:...

     (1)
    • Winners 2007–08
  • LV= Cup (1)
    • Winners 2009–2010
  • EDF Energy Trophy (1)
    • Winners 2007–08
  • Guinness A League
    Guinness A League
    The Aviva A League was launched in 2003. It runs parallel to the Aviva Premiership. Split into Northern and Southern conferences, it comprises 13 sides. Premiership rugby union clubs select players from their Academy and First Team squads to make up their A League teams. This gives both young and...

     (1)
    • Winners 2008–09
      Guinness A League
      The Aviva A League was launched in 2003. It runs parallel to the Aviva Premiership. Split into Northern and Southern conferences, it comprises 13 sides. Premiership rugby union clubs select players from their Academy and First Team squads to make up their A League teams. This gives both young and...

  • Middlesex 7s
    Middlesex 7s
    The Middlesex Sevens is a rugby union sevens tournament held annually at Twickenham stadium in London, England. It was first held in 1926, and started by Dr J.A. Russell-Cargill, a London based Scot...

     (1)
    • Winners 2002–03
      Middlesex 7s
      The Middlesex Sevens is a rugby union sevens tournament held annually at Twickenham stadium in London, England. It was first held in 1926, and started by Dr J.A. Russell-Cargill, a London based Scot...


Seasons summary

Season Domestic League Domestic Cup European Cup
Competition Final position Points Competition Performance Competition Performance
2010–11 Aviva Premiership 4th 65 LV Cup
2010–11 LV Cup
The 2010–11 LV Cup was the 40th season of England's national rugby union cup competition, and the sixth to follow the Anglo-Welsh format....

2nd in pool 2010–11 Heineken Cup
2010–11 Heineken Cup
The 2010–11 Heineken Cup was the 16th season of the Heineken Cup, the annual rugby union European club competition for clubs from the top six nations in European rugby...

Runners-up
2011 Heineken Cup Final
The 2011 Heineken Cup Final was the final match of the 2010–11 Heineken Cup, the 16th season of Europe's top club rugby union competition. The match was played on 21 May 2011 at Millennium Stadium in Cardiff, Wales. The match was contested by Northampton Saints of England and Leinster of Ireland,...

2009–10 Guinness Premiership 2nd 71 LV Cup Winners 2009–10 Heineken Cup
2009–10 Heineken Cup
The 2009–10 Heineken Cup was the 15th season of the Heineken Cup, the annual rugby union European club competition for clubs from the top six nations in European rugby...

Quarter-finals
2008–09 Guinness Premiership
2008-09 Guinness Premiership
-Table:-Round 1:-Round 2:-Round 3:-Round 4:-Round 5:-Round 6:-Round 7:-Round 8:-Round 9:-Round 10:-Round 11:-Round 12:-Rearranged fixtures:-Round 13:-Round 14:...

8th 49 EDF Energy Cup
2008-09 EDF Energy Cup
The 2008-09 EDF Energy Cup is the 38th season of England's national rugby union cup competition, and the fourth to follow the recently adopted Anglo-Welsh format....

Semi-finalists European Challenge Cup
2008-09 European Challenge Cup
The 2008–09 European Challenge Cup was the 13th season of the European Challenge Cup, the annual rugby union European club competition for clubs from six nations in European rugby. It started in October 2008 and ended with the final at the Twickenham Stoop in London on 22 May 2009, in which...

Winners
2007–08 National Division One Winners 143 EDF Energy Trophy Winners Did Not Qualify Did Not Qualify
2006–07 Guinness Premiership
2006-07 Guinness Premiership
The 2006–07 Guinness Premiership was the 20th season of the top flight of the English domestic rugby union competitions, played between September 2006 and May 2007. It was announced during the 2005-06 season that the 2006-07 competition would end two weeks early due to the 2007 Rugby World Cup in...

12th 33 EDF Energy Cup
2006-07 EDF Energy Cup
The 2006–07 EDF Energy Cup marked the 36th season of the English Rugby Union cup competition. It was the second season under the new Anglo-Welsh format and the first with EDF Energy as title sponsor...

4th in pool 2006–07 Heineken Cup Semi-finals
2005–06 Guinness Premiership
2005-06 Guinness Premiership
The 2005–06 Guinness Premiership was the 19th season of the top flight of the English domestic rugby union competitions, played between September 2005 and May 2006. The final was contested by the Sale Sharks and the Leicester Tigers at Twickenham. Sale Sharks won 45 – 20 to win the Premiership...

6th 53 Powergen Cup
2005-06 Powergen Cup
The 2005-06 Powergen Cup was the 35th annual rugby union cup competition in England. Originally contested between clubs of the English leagues, this was the first season for which the competition was open to the Welsh regions, forming the Anglo-Welsh Cup. The cup is contested between the twelve...

2nd in pool European Challenge Cup
2005-06 European Challenge Cup
The 2005–06 European Challenge Cup was the tenth year of the European Challenge Cup, the second tier rugby union cup competition below the Heineken Cup...

Quarter-finals
2004–05 Zurich Premiership 11th 40 Powergen Cup N/A 2004–05 Heineken Cup Quarter-finals
2003–04 Zurich Premiership 3rd 70 Powergen Cup N/A 2003–04 Heineken Cup 2nd Pool D
2002–03 Zurich Premiership 3rd 62 Powergen Cup Runners-up 2002–03 Heineken Cup Quarter-finals
2001–02 Zurich Premiership 5th 56 Powergen Cup Runners-up 2001–02 Heineken Cup 4th Pool E
2000–01 Zurich Premiership 4th 59 Powergen Cup N/A 2000–01 Heineken Cup 4th Pool A
1999–00 Allied Dunbar Premiership 5th 35 Tetley Bitter Cup Runners-up 1999–00 Heineken Cup Winners

See also

  • Aviva Premiership
  • Heineken Cup
    Heineken Cup
    The Heineken Cup is one of two annual rugby union competitions organised by European Rugby Cup involving leading club, regional and provincial teams from the six International Rugby Board countries in Europe whose national teams compete in the Six Nations Championship: England, France, Ireland,...

  • LV= Cup
  • European Challenge Cup
    European Challenge Cup
    The European Challenge Cup, currently known for sponsorship reasons as the Amlin Challenge Cup, is one of two annual rugby union competitions organised by European Rugby Cup. The cup was known as the Parker Pen Shield from 2001 to 2003 and Parker Pen Challenge Cup from 2003 to 2005. The European...

  • Franklin's Gardens

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