?>
ADVERTISEMENT
ADVERTISEMENT

Northampton Saints signal big intentions with re-signing of England lock

BY Jack Tunney  ·  Tuesday Jan 2, 2024

Northampton Saints have secured the re-signing of giant-lock, Alex Coles, as the midlands-based side looks to the future with a squad filled full of academy graduates.

ADVERTISEMENT

The two-metre-tall second-row player has been with the club for over ten years, and in that time he has made his way through the youth structure through to his 100th cap against Sale Sharks last weekend.

Speaking about the importance of capturing Coles’ signature, Saints’ Director of Rugby, Phil Dowson, said: “We’re thrilled to keep Alex here in Northampton, as he’s grown into an incredibly important player for us. He’s a big character within the group, leading our lineout on this pitch as well as being head of the squad’s social committee off it.

“He’s also come through our Academy system here at Saints – and we’re desperate to keep that core group, who have been playing their rugby in Black, Green and Gold since they were teenagers, together.

“Alex leads in a different way to some of the other guys in the squad, but he’s just as important in terms of the impact he has on the group.

“He can cover two positions, has worked hard to become a first-class lineout caller, and is now an England international as well. It’s his natural intelligence, his desire to get better, and his ability to influence those around him that is so important for us.

“To have played 100 senior games at 24 years old in such an attritional position, and to have been recognised on the international stage too, is very impressive – but we are sure there is still a lot more to come from him.”

ADVERTISEMENT

The 24-year-old added: “I’m absolutely delighted to be staying on with Saints. This is my boyhood Club, they spotted me out of school, have brought me through the system here since I was 14 years old, and have invested so much time and effort into making me the player that I am.

“I love playing here; it’s a proper rugby town, a Club full of tradition and history, and I feel like all the people around Northampton are so invested in us as a team – that was a big part of my decision.

“On the pitch, it feels like we have something special brewing and I wanted to make sure I am involved in that. There’s a big group of guys that I’ve grown up playing alongside, and now I really want to be part of a group that delivers success for Northampton by winning some trophies.

“Over the last couple of years, I definitely feel like my role within the team has grown. I started out as a listener and a helper, but now I have a more senior role in leading the lineout, and with 100 games under my belt I have the experience to be able to support the squad’s other leaders with a real maturity growing now amongst this group.

ADVERTISEMENT

“Another big part of this decision is thinking about where I would be best placed to try to get back in the England side. To do that, you have to play well and improve. The coaching here is excellent, development is a core value at the Club, and that really manifests itself when you see how much many of the players improve here as a result of the support we receive from all the staff.

“So, I am excited about what is to come for me. I feel like there’s still a lot to get out of my game, and I’m working hard on that every single day.”

Related Articles

  • 11 WEEKS AGO

    Saracens cancel out Russell-less Bath as...

  • 11 WEEKS AGO

    Debate rages on after Maro Itoje sent to...

  • 11 WEEKS AGO

    Chiefs run away with victory over Waratahs...



ADVERTISEMENT

Great Tries

  • 15 HOURS AGO

    Wallabies star Filipo Daugunu commites daylight robbery for superb try against Wales

  • 17 HOURS AGO

    Wallabies score incredible end-to-end try under immense pressure from Wales

  • 18 HOURS AGO

    Beauden Barrett sets up EXCEPTIONAL All Blacks try to take the lead against England

  • 19 HOURS AGO

    WATCH: Smith and Freeman combine to put England in front in Auckland

  • 19 HOURS AGO

    Two incredible tries in the space of two minutes as All Blacks and England come out swinging

View All

Big Hits & Dirty Play

  • 3 WEEKS AGO

    England enforcer's tour could be over following red card vs Japan

  • 3 WEEKS AGO

    Pitch invader melted in thunderous tackle

  • 5 WEEKS AGO

    WATCH: Bath's Beno Obano shown red in the Premiership final

  • 5 WEEKS AGO

    World Player of the Year BANNED heading into Paris Olympics following horror challenge during Madrid SVNS

  • 5 WEEKS AGO

    Debate surrounding ludicrous rugby league tackle leaves union fans baffled

View All

See It To Believe It

  • 10 HOURS AGO

    Magnificent Frawley drop goal seals Irish victory in Durban as Kolbe accused of 'diving'

  • 2 DAYS AGO

    Northampton fans dismayed as 'dismal' new badge revealed

  • 3 DAYS AGO

    Fans bemused as France make use of 'attacking' new rule for defensive purpsoes

  • 1 WEEK AGO

    Crazy end to France vs All Blacks match as TMO involved in final kick

  • 2 WEEKS AGO

    Rugby 25 early access given shock release

View All

Funnies

  • 2 WEEKS AGO

    Wild changing room scenes as Toulouse begin their Top 14 victory celebrations

  • 2 WEEKS AGO

    Footage emerges of Handre Pollard before his famous RWC semi penalty

  • 2 WEEKS AGO

    'I don't think I've found a front rower that is normal' - Joe Marler

  • 2 WEEKS AGO

    Rassie Erasmus's underrated mental warfare ahead of Ireland series

  • 3 WEEKS AGO

    Rugby brotherhood on full display between three South African Rugby legends

View All

Amateur

  • 79 WEEKS AGO

    You Won’t See Many Better Than This Silky-Smooth Try From Llandovery RFC

  • 79 WEEKS AGO

    Incredible Scenes As Caldy RFC Hand Ealing First Championship Defeat Of The Season

  • 102 WEEKS AGO

    Dubious Score Decides Result Of Rugby's Biggest Schools Fixture

  • 102 WEEKS AGO

    Incredible Scenes At School Boys Rugby Match

  • 102 WEEKS AGO

    The Next Dominant Backrow?

View All

Player Features

  • 2 DAYS AGO

    Ringrose in for Aki as Farrell names Ireland squad to face Springboks

  • 2 DAYS AGO

    Match preview: All Blacks vs England

  • 2 DAYS AGO

    Japanese club confirms three big name overseas signings

  • 3 DAYS AGO

    Semi-finalists decided after torrential rain disrupts final round of pool matches

  • 4 DAYS AGO

    Ireland to face most capped starting XV in Springbok history

View All