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Chris Boyd named Northampton director of rugby

The 59-year-old begins a three-year deal in August.

Northampton have appointed Hurricanes head coach Chris Boyd as their new director of rugby.

The 59-year-old will begin his three-year deal in August after the Super Rugby season finishes.

Boyd took over the Hurricanes ahead of the 2015 campaign and led the New Zealand franchise to their first-ever Super Rugby title in his second season. He had previously coached Wellington and New Zealand Under-20s.

“We are absolutely delighted Chris has accepted our offer to join the club,” said Saints chief executive Mark Darbon.

“The club conducted an extensive search and Chris stood out as the exceptional candidate.

“We said at the start of the process that we were looking for a world-class director of rugby, and we’ve secured one of the very best.

“Chris’ CV speaks for itself. His achievements in Super Rugby are notable and his experience with the New Zealand age group sides is impressive.

“His track record of building a championship-winning side with a mix of experienced and young players was exactly what we were looking for.

“His teams play attacking rugby and Chris is well known as a deep thinker with an immense rugby brain who communicates well with his players. We look forward to him taking charge later this year.”

Before taking his first head coach role with Wellington, Boyd worked as an assistant coach at South African franchise Sharks and with Tonga at the 2011 Rugby World Cup.

“I am humbled and excited to be joining Saints,” he said. “Northampton Saints is a club I have admired all of my coaching career.

“I visited Franklin’s Gardens for a week in 2004 when Wayne Smith was head coach, and remember the passion of the Saints supporters and the strong culture at the club.

“Franklin’s Gardens is an excellent stadium with first-class facilities, and when John White and Mark Darbon outlined the vision for Saints, it was a project I very much wanted to be part of.

“The club’s ambitions match my own. I am confident I can help the Saints become one of the biggest and best teams in Europe.

“I have always aspired to coach in the Aviva Premiership and I am relishing the opportunity to work with this talented squad of players.”

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