Statement: Northampton Saints confirms the departure of boss - Ruck

Statement: Northampton Saints confirms the departure of boss

Northampton Saints chief executive Mark Darbon will step down in November after more than seven years to assume a similar role at The R&A.

The 45-year-old will succeed Martin Slumbers, who announced in January his departure after overseeing this year’s Open Championship at Royal Troon and AIG Women’s Open at St Andrews.

Darbon’s decision comes on the heels of Northampton’s 25-21 victory over Bath in last month’s Premiership final, marking their first title win in a decade.

“Leading The R&A as their chief executive is a fantastic opportunity for Mark, and we wish him and his family the very best up in Scotland,” said Saints chairman John White.

“Given Mark’s calibre and his capability as a leader, it was inevitable that one day he would be approached to take on a leading role within one of the most reputable sporting organisations in the world – so this move, while disappointing for the club, is not surprising and we have planned for this moment.

“I’ve enjoyed every minute working with him, he deserves this opportunity, and I have no doubt that he will have a huge impact at The R&A and bring that organisation the same success as he has here at Saints.”

“Ego off the scale” – Joe Marler reveals four players he can’t stand

England prop Joe Marler is never afraid of sharing an opinion or two – especially when it’s about someone he doesn’t particularly like.

#1. Gavin Henson

These two have history. Henson was ruled out for a number of weeks in 2016 after Marler clattered the Welsh Prince off the ball.

The England prop was returning to rugby after a troubled 2015-16 season, that prompted the loosehead to take a break from the game in the summer missing England’s historic 3-0 whitewash of the Wallabies Down Under.

A story from Marler’s book shows the ego of Henson in 2005 was off the scale. Being told to hurry up with his hair by his captain Gareth Thomas, the playmaker showed his skipper little respect.H

enson’s reply to Thomas was: “Alf, your mother and father have come to watch you play today, but there are 72,000 out there who have come to watch me.”