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Emotional scenes as Tom Wood exits Franklin’s Gardens for the final time

BY Jack Tunney  ·  Tuesday Nov 29, 2022

In a video released by Northampton Saints, Tom Wood is seen getting a standing ovation from fans and players alike as he returned to Franklins Gardens to play for the Barbarians against his former club.

Wood spent 12 years at the East Midlands club, achieving 240 appearances in his time. He was a powerful defensive player known for his high tackle rates and his ability to slow rucks down, stopping the opposition from getting quick ball.

It was these skills, alongside his terrific lineout work, that enabled the 6 ft 5 inch back-rower to earn half a century of caps for England.

Wood announced his retirement from rugby in June 2022, before returning to face his former team in the terrifically entertaining exhibition match in November.

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