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North, Waller, Wood on January Steffans Player of the Month shortlist

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Rugby News North, Waller, Wood on January Steffans Player of the Month shortlist

George North, Alex Waller and Tom Wood have been included on the shortlist for the club’s Steffans Player of the Month in January.

The illustrious trio have stood out during the Saints’ unbeaten run in January, which included wins over Harlequins, the Ospreys, Castres and Newport-Gwent Dragons.

North scored some crucial tries in January against both Harlequins and the Ospreys, the latter capping a man of the match performance at the Liberty Stadium. The wing also proved to be a threatening strike runner in open play, too, averaging over 10 metres per carry and beating 13 defenders. North was also included in the shortlist for European Player of the Season and Wales’s Six Nations squad.

Waller’s January finished with two appearances for the England Saxons, his first call-up to a national squad at any level. The prop, who took home the Steffans Player of the Month award in November, has continued his strong form into 2014, making all his tackles in his three appearances and helping the Saints’ scrum to a 93 percent success rate on its own put-in, winning 15 penalties and nine balls against the head.

Wood took home the man of the match Waterford Crystal after his performance in the win over Castres, but the flanker has had a good all-round month, culminating in his selection for England in their opening Six Nations match against France. Wood won seven lineouts, carried the ball 15 times and missed just one of his 25 attempted tackles in his three games played during January.

Although the three players have been shortlisted by the club’s coaches, it is the supporters who decide who will take home the TW Steel watch that comes with the accolade of Player of the Month!

To cast a vote head to www.northamptonsaints.co.uk/steffans - everyone who votes will automatically be entered into a draw to win a £50 voucher for Steffans Northampton!

Voting closes at 5pm on Sunday, February 16th, with the winner announced on Monday, February 17th.

PLAYER OF THE MONTH – WINNERS’ ROLL CALL
September 2013
Steffans Player of the Month Sam DICKINSON
TW Steel Clubman of the Month GJ VAN VELZE

October 2013
Steffans Player of the Month Samu MANOA
TW Steel Clubman of the Month Rebecca WORTH

November 2013
Steffans Player of the Month Alex WALLER
TW Steel Clubman of the Month Dylan HARTLEY

December 2013
Steffans Player of the Month Christian DAY
TW Steel Clubman of the Month Ross MCMILLAN

For over 30 years Steffans has been the pre-eminent jewellers in Northampton. Steffans remains a family-run business, with stores in Northampton town centre and Market Harborough, and a multi-award winning website. Steffans are long-standing supporters of the Saints, providing prizes for the club’s End of Season Awards and great offers to Season Ticket Holders through their membership of the Saints Savers Club.

For more information about Steffans visit www.steffans.co.uk

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