TRANSFER NEWS | Northampton saints confirm four departures

Northampton Saints have announced that front rowers Michael Van Vuuren and Toby Trinder will be leaving the Club at the conclusion of their contracts on June 30.

Van Vuuren, 28, initially made the switch to Franklin’s Gardens from Gallagher Premiership rivals Bath Rugby in the summer of 2019.

The South African-born hooker made nine appearances in Black, Green and Gold this term, and will now ply his trade in the Championship having signed on for a stint with Ealing Trailfinders.

Meanwhile 22-year-old loosehead Trinder came through Northampton’s Academy system and represented England Under-20s in 2018, before going on to make two first-team appearances for Saints.

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Gordon Reid will also depart Northampton on June 30 having signed as injury cover earlier this season from Glasgow Warriors and Ayrshire Bulls, while another loosehead in Will Davis moves on from Saints following the conclusion of his contract.

Davis has played on loan at Ealing Trailfinders since October having initially joined from the west London club at the end of the 2017/18 season, and made seven first-team appearances in Black, Green and Gold.


LIST | 5 hilarious Jason Leonard stories

England legend Jason Leonard has told many great stories down the years.

Here are some of our favourites.

1. ‘I didn’t do it’

Just before we headed out to the 1995 World Cup in South Africa, all the players agreed on a booze ban when coach Jack Rowell discovered that someone had come in at 2am. He accused me at training the next day and I flatly denied it. As I told Martin Bayfield standing next to me: “It couldn’t have been me Bayf – I didn’t get in until 4am.” Poor Bayf just burst out laughing.

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