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Courtney Lawes signs new deal with Northampton Saints

Courtney Lawes in action. Credit: Northampton Saints

Forward Courtney Lawes has extended his contract with Northampton Saints.

The 29-year-old home-grown lock has signed 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 in October 2007.

Lawes, who will win his 213th cap against Dragons in the European Challenge Cup tonight, said he was delighted.

“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.”

– Courtney Lawes, Northampton Saints

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

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 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.”

– Chris Boyd, Saints Director of Rugby