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South African youngster Howard to join Northampton Saints

Aviva Premiership Rugby Football Union club the Northampton Saints have pulled off a transfer coup by securing the services of young South African centre Pat Howard for the 2015/16 season.

The 23 year old will join the English giants from South African Super Rugby club the Stormers. He also had spells with the Stormers’ feeder club Western Province, where he won the prestigious Currie Cup as well as with Munster in Ireland for whom he played in both the European Rugby Champions Cup as well as the Guinness Pro 12, earning a lot of plaudits for his performances.

He returned to Cape Town at the beginning of the Super Rugby tournament to turn out for the Stormers but will cut short his spell with the side and move north and England to link up with the Northampton Saints for the upcoming season of the Aviva Premiership, the LV=Cup and the European Rugby Champions Cup.

Howard said that the move came about for him in the right time and he is looking to add a lot more experience of playing in Europe to his name. He added that he really enjoyed his short spell in Europe with Munster earlier this year and when the Saints began to show interest in his services, it was hard for him to decline. (more…)

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Bedford Tigers v St Ives Rooster Grand Final

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Ben Youngs on Leicester Tigers v Saracens Aviva Premiership Semi-Final

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Leicester Tigers v Northampton Saints (Premiership SF 2nd Half)

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Leicester Tigers 11-3 Northampton Saints | Aviva Premiership Rugby Semi Final | 14-05-11

Northampton boss Jim Mallinder claimed Leicester’s England midfield prospect Manu Tuilagi should have been sent off as Saints’ Aviva Premiership Rugby title dream died at Welford Road. Tigers centre Tuilagi escaped with a yellow card after punching Northampton’s England wing Chris Ashton eight minutes before half-time. Ashton, who required treatment as a result, was also sin-binned after an incident that reflected a game that rarely dipped below boiling point. Tigers wing Alesana Tuilagi’s late try confirmed a seventh successive Aviva Premiership Rugby final appearance for Leicester. They will meet Saracens or Gloucester at Twickenham on May 28th. But the 11-3 defeat left Mallinder questioning the decision not to send off 19-year-old Tuilagi junior. He said: “First of all, you can’t have players taking players out, and you can’t be hitting players directly to the head, punching. Chris Ashton did go over and give him a push, but you cannot react with three punches to the head without a red card. “It would have had an effect on the game, because they would have been down to 14 men. But Leicester played well in the second half – it is fine lines. “I think the referee did go to his assistant. All I know is I have seen it, and to me, it is a clear red card. “It’s a big game, live on television and it should be one of the highlights of the Premiership season. I guess the referees and referees’ assessors will have a real good look at it and work as hard as they can to make sure
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