Phil Dowson to take up Northampton director of rugby role when Chris Boyd leaves

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  • Chris Boyd
    New Zealand rugby union footballer and coach
  • Phil Dowson
    Phil Dowson
    English rugby union footballer
  • Sam Vesty
    English rugby union footballer (born 1981)

Phil Dowson will be promoted from Northampton’s forwards coach to director of rugby when Chris Boyd leaves at the end of the season, the club have announced.

Boyd is to return to his native New Zealand but will become an advisor to Saints in a remote role that will also include some visits to the east midlands.

Completing the reshuffle to the management at Franklin’s Gardens is Sam Vesty’s elevation to head coach, having been responsible for the attack.

“I have absolutely loved my time in Northampton, but it’s time to return home,” Boyd said.

“Since our arrival in 2018, Linda and I have fallen in love with the club, the supporters and the county. Saints will always have a special place in our hearts.

“But the pull of family is too great to stay in Northampton beyond the end of this season.

“And while the thought of being closer to our children and grandchildren is hugely exciting, it is with heavy hearts that we leave the club.

Northampton Saints v Leicester Tigers – Gallagher Premiership – Franklin’s Gardens
Chris Boyd is heading home to New Zealand at the end of the season (Ashley Western/PA)

“Phil and Sam are very talented coaches and thoroughly deserve their forthcoming appointments.

“Over the last three years, they have proved they have what it takes to lead a successful rugby club at this level. I have no doubt they are ready to make the step up.”

Boyd arrived at Northampton ahead of the 2018-19 season and has steered the club into a Gallagher Premiership semi-final and a Heineken Champions Cup quarter-final.

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