Former Baby Bok a member of Saints' new recruits
PREMIERSHIP NEWS: Northampton Saints has confirmed the club’s first-team squad list for the remainder of the 19/20 season and the duration of the 20/21 season.
Director of Rugby Chris Boyd named a group of 56 players in his squad.
A total of 11 new faces arrive at Franklin’s Gardens including Shaun Adendorff – who was a key member of the South Africa Under-20 squad that won the 2012 IRB Junior World Championship.
Adendorff started their first match in the competition, but the hosts got off to a bad start, losing 19–23 to Ireland.
He wasn’t included in the matchday squad as South Africa recovered to beat Italy 52–3 in their second match, but he returned to the starting line-up as they beat England 28–15 to finish top of the log.
Adendorff was a key figure in South Africa’s vital victory, scoring two tries in the match.
He started his third match of the tournament as South Africa easily dispatched Argentina in the semifinal, winning 35–3, and was named on the bench for the Final against New Zealand – a game South Africa won 22–16.
Other newcomers in the Saints squad include Nick Isiekwe, Shaun Adendorff, Danny Hobbs-Awoyemi, Nick Auterac and Tom James, while an impressive 66 percent (37/56) of Northampton’s senior squad have come through the Saints Academy system.
Boyd’s coaching group remains unchanged for the 2020/21 season, with Sam Vesty (Attack Coach), Ian Vass (Defence Coach), Phil Dowson (Forwards Coach) and Matt Ferguson (Assistant/Scrum Coach) at the helm.
Mark Hopley (Head of Academy) leads a Senior Academy group of 15 players, supported by Jake Sharp (Academy Skills Coach), Alex O’Dowd (Academy Programme Manager), Will Parkin (Junior Academy Development Manager) and James Craig (DPP Manager).
Saints squad: Nick Auterac, Owen Franks, Karl Garside, Paul Hill, Danny Hobbs-Awoyemi, Emmanuel Iyogun, Ehren Painter, Ed Prowse, Alex Waller, Francois van Wyk, Callum Burns, James Fish, Mikey Haywood, Jack Hughes, Samson Ma’asi, Reece Marshall, Sam Matavesi, Shaun Adendorff, Lewis Bean, Alex Coles, Teimana Harrison, Nick Isiekwe, Courtney Lawes, Lewis Ludlam, Alex Moon, Ollie Newman, Api Ratuniyarawa, David Ribbans, Kayde Sylvester, JJ Tonks, Tui Uru, Tom Wood, Tom James, Alex Mitchell, Henry Taylor, Connor Tupai, Dan Biggar, James Grayson, Tommy Mathews, Reuben Bird-Tulloch, Fraser Dingwall, Piers Francis, Ethan Grayson, Rory Hutchinson, Tom Litchfield, Matt Proctor, Tom Collins, Josh Gillespie, Dani Long-Martinez, Taqele Naiyaravoro, Ryan Olowofela, Ollie Sleightholme, Tommy Freeman, George Furbank, Harry Mallinder, Ahsee Tuala.