Wingers need a standout trait to get ahead in the game and Howard Packman’s is undoubtedly his lightning pace and ability to change direction at speed.
Local lad Howard Packman took up the game of rugby at the young age of five at Wellingborough RFC before moving to Old Northamptonians two years later.
He has since gone on to live out his dream of not only signing for the Saints Academy but moving up to the first team squad at just 18-years old after playing in the JP Morgan Premiership 7s on his home turf.
An England Under-16A and Under-17 international, he then appeared for the Under-18 side on the wing in the FIRA/AER European Championship in Madrid and scored his first try for them a yar later as they won the title.
Howard graduated to figure in every match in the 2014 Under-20 Six Nations Championship and his honours do not stop there
After playing in the final two rounds of the 2014 HSBC Sevens World Series in Glasgow and London, he was also part of the victorious IRB Junior World Championship squad in New Zealand, scoring the try of the tournament against Ireland for good measure.
Howard’s father, Frank, has been just one of many mentors for the young Saints back. Frank played 376 games between 1982 and 1996 for the Saints as a centre and wing, scoring 178 tries along the way.
Packman junior has already made a dent in that total, crossing for his first senior Saints try in the LV= Cup win at London Irish – just his second senior appearance in black, green and gold.