STATEMENT: Courtney Lawes confirms Northampton Saints departure - Ruck

STATEMENT: Courtney Lawes confirms Northampton Saints departure

After the 2023/24 Gallagher Premiership Rugby season wraps up, Courtney Lawes will bid farewell to his long-standing tenure at Northampton Saints, as he prepares to embark on a new chapter with French outfit CA Brive.

In a statement released via the Northampton website, the 35-year-old expressed mixed emotions, acknowledging the sadness of departing his childhood club while also recognizing the irresistible opportunity presented by the overseas move.

“I want to make it clear that I really would have liked to end my career as a one-club man, and Saints did absolutely everything they possibly could to make that happen – our conversations were all very positive,” said Lawes, in a statement on Northampton’s website.

“But, first and foremost, I have to make sure that my family and I are in the best position possible for my retirement, which will be in the next couple of years.

“This is likely to be the last contract I’ll ever sign, and the offer I have received to play overseas will be transformational for my family, so there was no way I could turn it down and I took the decision to move away from Northampton.

“I’m so grateful for everything that Saints has given to me. I’m grateful to have had the opportunity to play so long for my hometown, and the supporters have been amazing through it all – in both the good times and the bad.

“I’ve been through it all with Saints and I just hope that my efforts on the pitch have reflected my appreciation for the club. It’s obviously incredibly sad for me to be leaving, but ultimately, I know I am leaving Saints in really good hands on and off the pitch with the players, coaches and staff we have.”

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