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Wood handed new Saints deal


Tom Wood

Tom Wood

Tom Wood

Northampton's England flanker Tom Wood has been rewarded for an outstanding debut season at Franklin's Gardens with a new two-year contract.

Wood, who joined from Worcester last summer, has played a key role in the Saints' march to the Aviva Premiership semi-finals, where they face Leicester on Saturday, and the Heineken Cup final.

The 24-year-old made his international breakthrough this year, starting every game in England's RBS 6 Nations title-winning campaign, and he has been nominated for the Premiership player of the year award.

Wood suffered a hairline fracture of his right fibula against Gloucester on April 19 - but he is hopeful a scan later this week will clear him for the climax to Northampton's season.

And beyond that lies the prospect of a place in England's Rugby World Cup squad.

"I've definitely enjoyed my time at the Saints," said Wood. "It couldn't have gone much better really. Working with the players and coaches has been excellent and hopefully this will continue over the next few years.

"I knew I had a challenge to establish myself as a Saints player, especially with the quality players that we have in the back row, and everything else has been a bonus.

"I certainly had no hesitation in signing a new contract, and have no intention of going anywhere else.

"Hopefully we can finish the job this season and then build on that to bring more success to the club in the next few years."

Northampton on Monday announced that scrum-half Lee Dickson had signed a new deal.

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