George North on the way to the try line © www.redhatphoto.com
Rugby News North wings in as Steffans Player of the Month in January
George North has been voted the Steffans Player of the Month for January by the supporters of Northampton Saints.
The winger, who is the first back to take home the Steffans Player of the Month award this season, has been rewarded for a string of outstanding performances in the black, green and gold and will be presented with a TW Steel watch at Steffans Northampton.
The 21-year-old scored crucial tries against Harlequins and the Ospreys which put the Saints on the road to wins in both games, and he was one of the stand-out performers in the win over Castres which put the team into the Amlin Challenge Cup quarter finals.
He beat off stiff competition from previous Steffans Player of the Month award winner Alex Waller and England flanker Tom Wood.
North is joined on the winners' roll of honour by Ryan Glynn, who has been named by the Saints coaches as the TW Steel Clubman of the Month.
Glynn has been chosen in recognition of his unflagging enthusiasm in training and as a travelling reserve, when he joins the team at venues up and down the country as cover if one of the match day 23 suffers a late injury.
“Ryan is a good character to have around the club,” said director of rugby Jim Mallinder. “Being a travelling reserve is never easy. You have to travel on the day, do the same warm-up programme as the rest of the team and get your mindset ready to play, even though the chances of actually playing are quite remote.
“Players can get disheartened by this, but Ryan has always had a smile on his face, always had a positive approach to the task and always been supportive of the squad which runs out to face the opposition.
“We always say that to have a successful team you need contributions on and off the pitch, and Ryan is contributing a great deal. He thoroughly deserves his TW Steel Clubman of the Month award.”
The club also announced that Zoe Mandley, who was one of the hundreds and hundreds of supporters who cast their vote in November, has won the £50 voucher for Steffans Northampton.
PLAYER OF THE MONTH – WINNERS’ ROLL CALL
Steffans Player of the Month Sam DICKINSON
TW Steel Clubman of the Month GJ VAN VELZE
Steffans Player of the Month Samu MANOA
TW Steel Clubman of the Month Rebecca WORTH
Steffans Player of the Month Alex WALLER
TW Steel Clubman of the Month Dylan HARTLEY
Steffans Player of the Month Christian DAY
TW Steel Clubman of the Month Ross MCMILLAN
Steffans Player of the Month George NORTH
TW Steel Clubman of the Month Ryan GLYNN
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.
Steffans is also the home of the limited edition TW Steel Northampton Saints supporters watch, a bold timepiece which features the classic green and gold highlights to represent the Saints’ world-famous colours and adds some classic style to every outfit.
For more information about Steffans visit www.steffans.co.uk