Chris Boyd to depart Northampton

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Northampton director of rugby Chris Boyd is expected to leave his position at the end of this season and return home to his native New Zealand, according to numerous reports.

Boyd, who has overseen a transformation in Northampton’s playing philosophy since taking over in 2018, leaves behind him the roots of a new and exciting young coaching staff, featuring Sam Vesty and Phil Dowson.

Consultancy

The 63-year-old will remain involved with Saints by taking up a consultancy role from afar, while it is thought that Northampton do not intend making an outside appointment when Boyd departs.

The Saints have flourished under Boyd, despite occasional inconsistency, masterminding a place in the play-offs that season, and winning the Premiership Rugby Cup the following year.

They are currently fifth in the Premiership, just three points off the play-off spots.

Wasps boss hails ‘special win’ over leaders Leicester

Meanwhile, Wasps head coach Lee Blackett was hugely emotional after his side overcame the odds to end Leicester Tigers’ incredible start to the season.

Leicester were chasing 16 consecutive victories, which would have been a club record, but the hosts showed incredible resilience to claim a 16-13 triumph.

Veteran playmaker Jimmy Gopperth was Wasps’ hero by kicking three second-half penalties.

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