Ahead of the upcoming start to the Rugby Union Premiership season, Northampton Saints have named their new co captain’s for 2019-20, after news that former England skipper Dylan Hartley (pictured) will step down from the role.
After captaining the side for nine years over two separate, spells, the 33 year old who is currently side lined with a long term knee injury that has seen him miss this years Six Nations and the World Cup made the decesion himself to step away from the role he shared with Prop forward Alex Weller last season as his side claimed fourth spot in the premiership race.
Hartley who lost the Saints armband for two years before regaining it in 2017 has also lead his country no less than 30 times and would surely have been leading England out in Japan for their first game in 12 days’ time if not for his current injuries situation.
Again the experienced Weller will continue to be one of the clubs leaders and he will share this with back rower Teimana Harrison, who has been at the club since 2012, notching up 132 appearances in that time.
Harrison who also missed out on England selection having played five times for the Red Roses, was scouted by Hartley in 2011 when he visited his old school in New Zealand.
Speaking about the announcement Saints director of rugby told the clubs website;
“I know Dylan's seriously proud to now hand over this responsibility to him and to help him adapt to the job at hand, after pretty much 10 years in a leadership capacity, he's decided to step away from the captain's role this year – but he will continue to be a significant and influential member of our group.”
Boyd continued to say;
“Alex and Teimana have now played in the same side for eight seasons and I'm sure their relationship will grow even further as they lead the squad together.”
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