Northampton Saints

Northampton Saints (officially Northampton Rugby Football Club) is a professional rugby union club from Northampton, England. They play in Premiership Rugby, England's top division of rugby.

Northampton Saints
Full nameNorthampton Rugby Football Club
UnionEast Midlands RFU
Nickname(s)Saints, Jimmies[1]
Founded1880; 142 years ago (1880)
LocationNorthampton, England
RegionNorthampton
Ground(s)cinch stadium at Franklin's Gardens (Capacity: 15,200[2])
ChairmanJohn White
CEOMark Darbon
Director of RugbyChris Boyd
Captain(s)Lewis Ludlam
Most capsRon Jacobs (470)
Top scorerPaul Grayson (2,786)[3]
Most triesTeddy Cook (219)
League(s)Premiership Rugby
2020–215th
1st kit
2nd kit
Official website
www.northamptonsaints.co.uk

They were formed in 1880 as Northampton St. James, which gave them the nickname Saints from the 1880s. The team play their home games at Franklin's Gardens, in the west of the town, which has a capacity of 15,250 and play in black, green, and gold colours.

At the conclusion of the 2020–21 Premiership Rugby season, Saints finished 5th which entitled them to compete in the 2021–22 European Rugby Champions Cup. The current director of rugby is Chris Boyd, who was appointed in 2018.

Northampton has won six major titles. They were European Champions in 2000 and English Champions in 2014. They have also won the secondary European Rugby Challenge Cup twice, in 2009 and 2014, the Anglo Welsh Cup in 2010, and, most recently, the inaugural Premiership Rugby Cup in 2019. They have also won the Second Division title three times; in 1990, 1996 and 2008.

Their biggest rivals are Leicester Tigers. "The East Midlands Derby" is one of the fiercest rivalries in English rugby union.[4][5]


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