England legend's son departs Northampton with immediate effect - Ruck

England legend’s son departs Northampton with immediate effect

Fly-half James Grayson will depart Northampton Saints following this weekend’s match against Exeter Chiefs to pursue a playing opportunity in Japan, the Club can today confirm.

The 25-year-old No.10 made 92 appearances in total for the men in Black, Green and Gold, scoring nine tries along the way and kicking a further 572 points off the tee, for a total of 617.

Grayson will leave cinch Stadium at Franklin’s Gardens to play in Japan’s Rugby League One, but not before saying a fond farewell to Saints supporters on the pitch at half-time of this weekend’s Gallagher Premiership clash against Exeter.

“Jimmy came to us not long ago to say an opportunity had presented itself for him to move to Japan, and we didn’t want to stand in his way,” said Saints’ Director of Rugby, Phil Dowson.


“We understand why, at this point of his career, he wants to move away from Northampton in search of more regular playing time. Jimmy’s an incredibly competitive character, and wants the chance to show what he can do on the pitch more often.

“We are confident in the cover we have at fly-half to allow Jimmy to move on. He’s been an incredible professional while he’s been in and out of the team, with an unwavering work ethic in training to help the whole squad to progress.”

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England uncapped players: 5 ones to watch ahead of 2024 Six Nations

  1. Josh Hodge (Exeter Chiefs):

Josh Hodge, a rising star from the Exeter Chiefs, has been turning heads with his exceptional performances in the Premiership.

The 22-year-old fullback possesses an electrifying turn of pace, a deadly accurate boot, and a natural flair for creating try-scoring opportunities. Hodge’s ability to slot seamlessly into the backline and provide an additional attacking threat makes him an exciting prospect for the Six Nations.

Borthwick should consider calling up Hodge to inject some youthful exuberance into the squad and provide a different dimension to England’s backline.

Josh Hodge of Exeter Chiefs slips the tackle of Cam Jordan of Gloucester Rugby during the Gallagher Premiership match between Exeter Chiefs and Gloucester Rugby at Sandy Park, Exeter on 28th January 2023. Photo: Tom Sandberg/PPAUK


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