NEWS: Courtney staying till at least 2021


By Saint Ted
October 19 2018

Lawes extends contract with Saints

Northampton Saints can today announce that Courtney Lawes has extended his contract with the Club. 

The 29-year-old home-grown lock has put pen to paper on a deal that will see him continue to play at Franklin’s Gardens for at least two more seasons.

Born just a stone’s throw from Saints’ home ground, Lawes is the Club’s second-longest serving player having made his debut back in October 2007. 

After reaching the Junior World Championship final with England under-20s in 2009, he would go on to make his senior debut in that year’s Autumn Internationals, and has since made 65 appearances for the Red Rose.

Following back-to-back Grand Slam triumphs with England, Lawes was named in the 2017 British and Irish Lions squad for the tour of New Zealand, where he made two Test appearances. 

The Saints Academy graduate helped the men in Black, Green and Gold lift the LV= Cup in 2010 and the European Challenge Cup in 2011, before playing an integral role in both the 2014 Premiership and Challenge Cup victories. 

And Saints director of rugby Chris Boyd is relishing the prospect of continuing to work with the towering lock.

“We are delighted that Courtney will play his rugby at Franklin’s Gardens for at least the next two seasons,” Boyd commented.

“The phrase ‘world class’ gets thrown around a lot in rugby but Courtney’s ability is nothing short of that. 

“Saints have a proud history of producing and retaining home-grown talent in Northampton and Courtney is a prime example.

“Building and evolving the playing squad is a real focus for the Club – we want to have a combination of talented youngsters together with world-class players, and Courtney’s contract extension is evidence of us beginning to implement that strategy.” 

Lawes, who will win his 213th Club cap against Dragons in the European Challenge Cup tonight, said: 

“Northampton is my only club and Franklin’s Gardens is home; I was raised just down the road and the Club has always meant an enormous amount to me. 

“The environment Chris and the other coaches have been building over the past few months is incredibly positive and something I’m looking forward to continuing to be a part of.”

“I’ve still got a lot to give to Saints and I’m excited to see what this squad can achieve together.”

 

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NEWS: Courtney staying till at least 2021
Posted by: Marching On (IP Logged)
Date: 19/10/2018 09:05

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Courtney Lawes re-signs until 2021
Posted by: lilyg (IP Logged)
Date: 19/10/2018 08:10

says Tom Vickers on Twitter just now (Big Saints announcement to come at 10.30am. Stay tuned for the full story.) and yes, I am shirking from home today!



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Re: Announcement from the club at 10:30
Posted by: ElySaint (IP Logged)
Date: 19/10/2018 08:14

Cryptically, Tom posted a pic of the 'St. James End' wiki page....on rather too many painkillers post-op to think what it might mean.



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Re: Announcement from the club at 10:30
Posted by: saintsfella (IP Logged)
Date: 19/10/2018 09:02

Have we signed someone called James? Ie Saint James. Or, not contradictorally, have we signed Haskell to an extension?

Re: Announcement from the club at 10:30
Posted by: Chris Hoddle (IP Logged)
Date: 19/10/2018 09:03

Could he be leaving?

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Re: Announcement from the club at 10:30
Posted by: lilyg (IP Logged)
Date: 19/10/2018 09:04

@Courtney_Lawes has penned a new deal with Saints until at least 2021

Re: Announcement from the club at 10:30
Posted by: smitferbrainz (IP Logged)
Date: 19/10/2018 09:05

Courts extended for two seasons. Best news in ages IMO.

Re: Announcement from the club at 10:30
Posted by: Saint Robert (IP Logged)
Date: 19/10/2018 09:06

thumbs down

Re: NEWS: Courtney staying till at least 2021
Posted by: ElySaint (IP Logged)
Date: 19/10/2018 09:11

Great news. Congratulations to Courtney and to the club.

Re: NEWS: Courtney staying till at least 2021
Posted by: shendy (IP Logged)
Date: 19/10/2018 09:15

Good news!

Re: NEWS: Courtney staying till at least 2021
Posted by: TheGent (IP Logged)
Date: 19/10/2018 09:24

Yes Courtney!

Re: NEWS: Courtney staying till at least 2021
Posted by: Saint Stokey (IP Logged)
Date: 19/10/2018 09:39

Outstanding news. Speaks volumes about the perception of the club and environment from the players.

Re: NEWS: Courtney staying till at least 2021
Posted by: Corkst (IP Logged)
Date: 19/10/2018 09:41

Excellent news and surely an endorsement of the new coaching set up.

Re: NEWS: Courtney staying till at least 2021
Posted by: tedge (IP Logged)
Date: 19/10/2018 09:48

Great news - he's one of those rare beings, a player who never has a bad game !

Re: NEWS: Courtney staying till at least 2021
Posted by: LeicesterSaint (IP Logged)
Date: 19/10/2018 10:00

That's cracking news, even more so given the rumours. He's not only genuine international/Lions qualify but also perfect for the Boyd set up, a hard grafter but with decent hands and understanding of support angles etc. While we don't see as many of the highlight reel smashes anymore what has been obvious in the past few years is much greater carrying, both better body position on simple carries but also finding better angles and using offloads to put others through.

As highlighted elsewhere we probably need to settle on a chunkier second lock to paid him in the 'cup final' team while working on finding the next Courts!

Re: NEWS: Courtney staying till at least 2021
Posted by: Abington Adam (IP Logged)
Date: 19/10/2018 10:27

This will put a spring in the step of everyone of a Saintly persuasion. Great news!

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Re: NEWS: Courtney staying till at least 2021
Posted by: Deesaint (IP Logged)
Date: 19/10/2018 10:38

Great news

Re: NEWS: Courtney staying till at least 2021
Posted by: Box kick it (IP Logged)
Date: 19/10/2018 10:57

There was no way he was leaving the Weedon Road Chippy.

Re: NEWS: Courtney staying till at least 2021
Posted by: SaintMaul (IP Logged)
Date: 19/10/2018 11:38

Fantastic news.

His strong endorsement for what Boyd is doing is also great news. The results aren't there but the players buying into the plan is there.

Re: NEWS: Courtney staying till at least 2021
Posted by: St.Sinner (IP Logged)
Date: 19/10/2018 12:27

Brilliant news, thank you Courtney!

Re: NEWS: Courtney staying till at least 2021
Posted by: St Saltaire (IP Logged)
Date: 19/10/2018 17:51

Excellent news. One of my favourite all time Saints players. Great endorsement for the coaching staff too.

Re: NEWS: Courtney staying till at least 2021
Posted by: Scrummy (IP Logged)
Date: 19/10/2018 18:57

Great News, thank you Courtney 👍🏼😇

Re: NEWS: Courtney staying till at least 2021
Posted by: Stockers (IP Logged)
Date: 20/10/2018 08:57

Really good news.

Thanks Courtney!

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