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David Ribbans: Northampton Saints star agrees new deal

David Ribbans has agreed a new contract. Credit: ITV News Anglia

Northampton Saints second row David Ribbans has become the latest player to commit his future to the club.

The 22-year-old has impressed for the Saints since joining from South African club Western Province last year and was named man of the match in the victory over Bath last month.

Ribbans joins Harry Mallinder in signing a new contract at Franklin's Gardens and his fresh deal will run until 2020.

"I’ve thoroughly enjoyed my time with the Saints and am really happy to be staying for another two years,” he said.

“I have settled into the town and the club well and could not have been made to feel more welcome by the supporters, staff and players.

“I’ve also enjoyed my time out on the field. This club has some amazing players and the potential to do some great things. Both individually and as a group there is plenty more to come and I’m looking forward to playing my role in that."

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Tom Westley: Essex batsman signs new contract

Westley played for England against South Africa and The Windies in the summer. Credit: PA

Batsman Tom Westley has signed a new contract with County Championship winners Essex.

The 28-year-old, who played five tests for England in the summer, has agreed a one-year extension which will keep him at the club until the end of the 2019 season.

Westley made his Essex debut in 2006 and is a product of their academy.

"I am delighted to sign an extension to my contract and it was an easy decision to make, with the vision and plans the club have in place for the coming years," he said.

"Winning the County Championship was just the start of that journey, and as a group of players we have spoken about creating a legacy that will be remembered for years to come.

"To be a part of this team with my close friends and achieve the success we have done in the last two years is special, and has given us all a hunger to continue to improve.

"My desire to improve myself is bigger than ever and I hope to continue contributing valuable runs and knowledge to this Club over the coming years."

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Northampton Saints trio named in England squad

Dylan Hartley (left), Courtney Lawes (centre) and Piers Francis (right) have all been selected. Credit: PA

Northampton Saints trio Dylan Hartley, Courtney Lawes and Piers Francis have been called up the England squad for the upcoming autumn internationals.

Hartley's place was in doubt at one stage after he was cited for striking Clermont prop Rabah Slimani the Saints' 24-7 Champions Cup defeat on Saturday, but an independent panel cleared him on Wednesday.

Fly-half Francis has been picked as one of the backs, while Lawes will be a strong contender to start in the second row, but fellow Saints forwards Tom Wood and Teimana Harrison are among those who have been overlooked.

England face Argentina at Twickenham on November 11, before taking on Australia (18 November) and Samoa (25 November).

  • England squad for the Autumn internationals

Backs: Mike Brown (Harlequins), Elliot Daly (Wasps), Jonny May (Leicester Tigers), Denny Solomona (Sale Sharks), Anthony Watson (Bath Rugby), Danny Care (Harlequins), Owen Farrell (Saracens), George Ford (Leicester Tigers), Piers Francis (Northampton Saints), Jonathan Joseph (Bath Rugby), Alex Lozowski (Saracens), Henry Slade (Exeter Chiefs), Marcus Smith (Harlequins), Ben Youngs (Leicester Tigers).

Forwards: Tom Curry (Sale Sharks), Charlie Ewels (Bath Rugby), Nathan Hughes (Wasps), Nick Isiekwe (Saracens), Maro Itoje (Saracens), George Kruis (Saracens), Joe Launchbury (Wasps), Courtney Lawes (Northampton Saints), Zach Mercer (Bath Rugby), Chris Robshaw (Harlequins), Sam Simmonds (Exeter Chiefs), Sam Underhill (Bath Rugby), Dan Cole (Leicester Tigers), Tom Dunn (Bath Rugby), Ellis Genge (Leicester Tigers), Jamie George (Saracens), Dylan Hartley (Northampton Saints), Matt Mullan (Wasps), Mako Vunipola (Saracens), Harry Williams (Exeter Chiefs).

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