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Statement: Northampton Saints confirm 16 departures following Premiership triumph

The Northampton Saints have officially announced that 16 players will be leaving the club after the conclusion of the 2023/24 season, including three England internationals.

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Thousands gathered to celebrate the Northampton Saints’ Premiership title victory on Sunday.

The club clinched the title in a thrilling match against Bath at Twickenham on Saturday.

A celebratory open-top bus parade traveled through the town centre from 14:00 BST, concluding at the Guildhall at 14:30.

Fans, with one expressing he “sobbed like a baby” after the victory, described the club’s first Premiership win in a decade as “emotional” and “amazing.”

However, following the game, several star players have left Franklin’s Gardens.

Northampton Saints confirm 16 departures:

Alex Moon to Bayonne

Gabriel Hamer-Webb to Cardiff

Courtney Lawes to Brive

Reflecting on his departure, the 35-year-old acknowledged Northampton’s efforts to retain him, yet cited Brive’s offer as “transformative” for both himself and his family.

“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.

“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.”

Alex Waller (Retired)

Ethan Waller (Retired)

Lewis Ludlam to Toulon

“Ever since I started playing rugby as an eight-year-old, I dreamt of being a Saint,” Ludlam said on X.

“While the journey hasn’t always been smooth sailing, our supporters have made every moment special for me – both the good and the bad.

“I feel extremely fortunate to have played with some great players and even better blokes, to have been coached day in, day out by some of the best coaches in the game, and looked after physically by people who truly care in the Strength and Conditioning and Medical departments.

“This has been an extremely tough decision for me. I believe I’ve given everything physically and emotionally to this Club – and will continue to do so – and I hope our fans have seen how much it has meant to me to represent Northampton in the way I play the game.

“At the end of the season, I say goodbye as a player to start a new adventure, but I will always be a Saints man. Until then, I’ll do everything I can to make sure that my final goodbye at the end of the season is with trophies in hand.”

Paul Hill to Edinburgh

Tom Cruse (Retired)

Matthew Arden (Released)

Callum Braley (Released)

Aston Gradwick-Light (Released)

George Irvine (Released)

Joel Matavesi (Released)

George Patten (Released)

Kayde Sylvester (Released)

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