England international confirms shock Northampton departure - Ruck

England international confirms shock Northampton departure

Northampton Saints can today confirm that Teimana Harrison will depart the Club to move to France at the conclusion of the 2021/22 season.

The 29-year-old back row has spent a decade at cinch Stadium at Franklin’s Gardens, making 183 appearances to date in Black, Green and Gold and scoring 26 tries along the way, but will leave the Gallagher Premiership to pursue a new playing opportunity overseas.

“While we are disappointed to see Teimana move on, we respect that he has made this decision with his family’s future in mind,” said Saints’ incoming Director of Rugby, Phil Dowson.

“We know that Saints’ supporters love watching Tei play; he’s dogged in attack and in defence, always punches above his weight, and you know that he will empty the tank every time he steps onto the field.:”

His breakthrough came during the 2015/16 campaign when he made 27 appearances for Saints, earned the first of five caps for England, and scooped the Club’s Breakthrough Player, Supporters’ Player and Players’ Player of the Season awards.

Harrison said: “I feel humbled to have been a part of Northampton Saints for the last ten years. I love playing for the Club, and I love living in Northamptonshire, so this has not been an easy decision for me to make and I’m sure my family and I will come back one day.

“Saints will always be a very special Club to me. The players and staff here are like my brothers, and I want to thank all the supporters who have given me so many happy memories over the years – I’ll be giving everything I have to finish off this season with some silverware.”

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