10 The Daily Telegraph Wednesday 1 July 2020 *** Sport Rugby Union Lawes and Biggar sign to stay at Saints that the former London Irish and Leicester flanker would be moving on. “The entire squad and staff deserve huge credit for how they have handled the situation caused by the pandemic over the last few months,” said director of rugby Chris Boyd. “There’s been a massive amount of effort put in behind the scenes to make sure everyone remains together, and now we’re training again you can see how hungry our players are to rip into matches when it is safe to do so. We have a great balance of emerging and world-class players at our disposal, so it was vital for us to keep this exciting group together.” ternationals Lewis Ludlam, Teimana Harrison, Piers Francis and George Furbank have all re-signed, as has highly rated Scotland centre Rory Hutchinson. Alex Mitchell, Alex Moon and Fraser Dingwall, who were all called up by England during the Six Nations, have also signed extensions. New deals have been agreed with Alex Waller, Mikey Haywood, David Ribbans, James Grayson, Ehren Painter, James Fish and Lewis Bean, while Alex Coles and Samson Ma’asi move on to first-team contracts. One player not remaining at Franklin’s Gardens is Jamie Gibson, after Northampton announced on Monday By Ben Coles have announced 19 contract extensions, including England lock Courtney Lawes and Wales fly-half Dan Biggar. The British and Irish Lions duo committing to fresh terms comes as a big boost for Saints, with Lawes and Biggar both linked with moves to French club Beziers. Lawes’s fellow England incause
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