- Jun 24, 1983
- Blackpool (England)
Christian, a former England Under-21 captain, joined the Saints from Stade Francais, where he had a short-term contract following seven years at Sale Sharks. He quickly became a first team regular at the Gardens and racked up well over 1,000 minutes of action during his first season at the Saints, including an appearance in the European Challenge Cup final.
2009/10 was a little more frustrating as Christian missed both the start and the end of the season with injury. Even so, he still managed to score his first ever Guinness Premiership try in the Halloween trip to Leicester and played in the Saints' LV= Cup winning campaign and Heineken Cup quarter-final run.
Back to full fitness Christian was one of the standout performers in 2010/11, rewarded with the man of the match award in the Aviva Premiership Rugby win over Bath and a call up to the England Saxons EPS during the 6 Nations.
Injuries meant Christian's start to the 2011/12 campaign was a stuttering one but having returned to full fitness, he won back his first team place with a series of accomplished performances and deservedly earned a new contract to keep him at the club.
Frustratingly, 2012/13 was again interupted by a recurring ankle injury but upon his return, Christian again showed his value as a workhorse of the Saints pack and a guru in the smooth functioning Saints lineout.