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“Two England stars” – Northampton Saints confirm 14 more departures

The 29-year-old back-row forward, capped five times by England, has been linked to French club Provence and is to pursue what Saints call “a new playing opportunity overseas”.

After catching the eye at Millfield School, fleet-footed winger Gillespie signed on with Northampton’s Senior Academy ahead of the 2019/20 season.

The youngest Saints debutant of the professional era – aged 18 years and 15 days when came off the bench against Wasps in 2018 – Gillespie scored his first points in Black, Green and Gold in 2020, and the former England Under-20 wing added two more to his tally in nine senior appearances.

Joining Saints’ Senior Academy for the 2019/20 season, Newman featured for Northampton in the Premiership Rugby 7s in 2019 before making several appearances for the Wanderers side in the Premiership Rugby Shield the following year.

After featuring for Bedford Blues as part of Saints’ strategic partnership, the back rower was rewarded for a string of promising performances with a senior debut in the 2020/21 season finale at Bath. Newman added three more senior appearances to his tally during the 2021/22 campaign.

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Graduating from St Joseph’s School and rising through the age groups at Ipswich RFC, Leroy O’Neil linked up with Saints’ Senior Academy ahead of the 2021/22 season.

Originally a centre when he first joined the pathway at 13 years old, O’Neil transitioned to prop as he progressed through the age-groups and made his senior Club debut against Newcastle Falcons in the Premiership Rugby Cup in 2022.

Ahsee Tuala 

While notching up over 100 caps for Saints, Tuala has played for Samoa 23 times to date, featuring at the 2019 Rugby World Cup in Japan.

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