JUST IN: Northampton Saints complete the signing of former captain

Former Scotland under-20 captain Callum Hunter-Hill has signed with Premiership champions Northampton Saints.

He joins the club from Saracens, where he made 81 appearances over five seasons, including their 2022/23 Premiership final win over Sale Sharks. Hunter-Hill, who has been involved with Scotland training squads but remains uncapped, began his professional career with Glasgow in 2016 before moving to Edinburgh the following year.

After an impressive loan season at Saracens in 2019/20, during which he made 25 appearances in all competitions, Hunter-Hill helped the team win the Championship. He remained a regular in the matchday squad for the next two top-flight seasons, making another 34 appearances and earning a Premiership winners’ medal, before adding nine more outings for Saracens during the 2023/24 campaign.

Hunter-Hill, who grew up in Gullane, expressed his enthusiasm about joining Saints:

“When the opportunity to join Saints came, I looked at the team and it just seemed like a fantastic place to be. They are a club on the rise and have just won the Premiership. I love the brand of rugby Saints play – very open and very quick. Even the defensive systems suit me as a player; it just makes me excited.”

The 27-year-old will reunite with former Scotland age-grade colleagues Rory Hutchinson and Robbie Smith at Franklin’s Gardens.

EDINBURGH, SCOTLAND - NOVEMBER 15: Callum Hunter-Hill during a Scotland training session at the Oriam, on November 15, 2022, in Edinburgh, Scotland. (Photo by Mark Scates / SNS Group).

“There are a lot of really talented players in my position, so there is going to be good competition,” Hunter-Hill added. “Hopefully, I can get in there and get some game time, play some rugby, but in the same vein, it is a really talented group and Saints didn’t win the competition for no reason. There’s a good group of players throughout the squad, and I am really looking forward to being a part of it.”

Phil Dowson, Northampton’s director of rugby, said:

“Callum has been a key part of Saracens’ success over a long period and will have learned a lot from those experiences. We look forward to having that experience within our squad and giving Callum an opportunity to compete and improve in an area of strength for the club. We were impressed when we spoke to Callum about his desire to kick on and get better, and we know we have an environment to allow him to do that.”

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