Planet Rugby writer James While spoke to England and Northampton Saints stalwart Tom Wood, who announced his retirement from the game on Tuesday.
Wood is a veritable Northampton legend having been an ever-present since joining the club from Worcester Warriors in 2010.
With the back-row at the heart of the team, the Saints endured a superb run of success as they reached the play-offs every season between 2010 and 2015.
Northampton finished runners-up to Leicester Tigers in 2013 before they finally claimed their first Premiership title by beating Saracens in extra-time.
Doing the double
That domestic success capped off a tremendous campaign for the Saints as they also won the European Challenge Cup.
Wood was captain for both of those matches as he proved to be both an outstanding player and an inspirational leader.
The back-rower also made a significant impact on the international scene, earning exactly 50 England caps and winning man of the match in their record win over New Zealand.
As current Red Rose head coach Eddie Jones said: “He was a good tough player who always played above his weight. He’s a very good team man.”
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