- Jul 21, 1984
- Widnes (England)
With a second half try against Tigers in March 2013, Stephen moved ahead of legendary full back Roger Hosen and into second on the Saints all-time scoring list behind only Paul Grayson.
Now well and truly established at the club - fast closing in on the 200-appearance mark and 1,500 points - Stephen continues to show his game management skills at fly half.
His perfect kicking records in the European Challenge Cup and LV= Cup finals were at the heart of the Saints' success in 2009 and 2010 respectively, and he was far and away the top points scorer for both seasons as a whole.
Stephen is a regular in the white shirt of the England Saxons, too, and he finished the 2009/10 season in the USA, playing in the victorious Churchill Cup campaign.
In putting 13 points on Ulster in the Heineken Cup quarter final, he became only the sixth player to pass 1,000 points for the Saints and as leading points scorer once more in 2010/11, Stephen again showed his ability to perform on the big stage with a nerveless kicking display in the Heineken Cup final.
Stephen's boot proved a valuable weapon throughout 2011/12 too as he maintained a kicking accuracy of almost 80 percent and remained as chief playmaker, leading Saints to a third straight Aviva Premiership semi-final and the LV= Cup showpiece.
His value to the club was recognised in 2012/13 - a new contract and the resounding endorsement of director of rugby Jim Mallinder meaning his stay in Northampton will extend into an eighth term.