Have you ever wondered who would make up the all-time Northampton Saints XV? Well, the Club’s main partner, Travis Perkins, have decided to answer that question once and for all!
Following the voting for the Loosehead Prop and Hooker positions, it is time to round off the front row with the nominees for another hotly-contested position – Tighthead Prop. Just fill in the form below to tell us your favourite ever Saintsman to pull on the No.3 shirt.
Voting will continue over the next few weeks, asking Saints supporters to select their favourite-ever players to don the Black, Green and Gold jersey until we have the ultimate Saints XV.
And for each position, one lucky voter will be selected at random to win one of 15 exclusive ‘WE MARCH ON’ bobble hats up for grabs!
But with over 2,000 Saints to choose from, we’ve narrowed the Tighthead Prop category down to these five nominees to help you make your choice:
Mike Berridge – #1033
1945-1956 | 251 apps
Born in Huntingdon, Mike Berridge first pulled on a Northampton Saints jersey when rugby resumed at the end of World War II. The prop – who started his playing career at Peterborough – made over 250 appearances in for Saints and kicked off a golden era of Northampton props, paving the way for the likes of Ron Jacobs to join the Club as Saints solidified their position at the top of the English game.
Ron Jacobs – #1121
1949-1966 | 470 apps
Two-time Club captain Ron Jacobs holds Northampton Saints’ record for Club appearances, and as professional rugby becomes ever more physical, his tally of 470 games over 17 years looks less likely than ever to be beaten. Jacobs’ impressive performances were not limited to club rugby as the prop helped England claim the Grand Slam in 1957 (England’s first since 1928), the Five Nations Championship in 1958 and the Triple Crown and Calcutta Cup in 1960, as well as captaining his country in during his final international campaign in 1963/64.
Roger Turnell – #1237
1956-1970 | 208 apps
Another member of the 200 Club, Roger Turnell was a stalwart of the Saints side alongside his brother, Dick, in the late 50s and 60s. Continuing the legacy started by Berridge and Jacobs, the tighthead prop’s career in Black, Green and Gold spanned some 14 years across a period where Northampton established themselves as one of the key players in English rugby.
Nigel Fox – #1406
1973-1990 | 274 apps
A ‘larger than life’ character, Nigel Fox’s Saints career spanned an incredible 17 years and 274 appearances after the formidable prop joined Northampton from Oxford RFC. Playing throughout Northampton’s revolution, as the Club undertook a radical overhaul on its way to professionalism, Fox paved the way for modern-day props; continuing to pass on his knowledge and coaching at Brackley and Buckingham until his tragic death in 2012.
Gary Pearce – #1451
1977-1996 | 411 apps
One of only six players in the Club’s history to clock up over 400 appearances, it’s safe to say that Gary Pearce is a legend of Northampton. With his career spanning the best part of two decades, Pearce was a constant throughout his time in Black, Green and Gold and was at the forefront of the playing revolution that laid the foundations for the Club as it is today.
Brian Mujati – #1879
2009-2013 | 110 apps
Debuting in Black, Green and Gold at Wembley Stadium in 2009, it did not take Brian Mujati long to establish himself as both a regular starter and a fan-favourite – helping the side to claim the Anglo-Welsh Cup title that season. One of the cornerstones of a formidable Northampton pack in the years to come, ‘Mooj’ was voted Players’ Player of the Season and named in both the Sky Sports and ESPN Dream Teams for 2011, before continuing to write himself into Saints folklore as he helped the Club reach the Premiership Final in 2013.
Know who’s got your vote? Just fill in the form below to cast your vote and be entered into the prize draw! And keep your eyes peeled for the final team on our social media channels once the voting is complete...