Northampton Saints can today confirm that Dylan Hartley and Alex Waller will co-captain the squad for the 2018/19 season.
The pair, who have amassed almost 500 appearances in Black, Green and Gold between them, will lead Saints during the upcoming season and new director of rugby Chris Boyd – who spent his first week at the Club in Wales with the squad – insists the decision was straightforward.
“To keep Dylan in a leadership role was an obvious choice for me,” he said. “He’s hugely respected by everyone here at Saints and has led the Club brilliantly for several years now.
“We were, however, aware that the Club could be without a captain for large chunks of the season while Dylan is away on England duty, so naming Alex as co-captain was the obvious next step.
“Alex is a pivotal figure here at Franklin’s Gardens. His leadership skills are clear to see, and he boasts an intimate knowledge of this Club having spent the entirety of his nine senior seasons here.
“Dylan and Alex have worked together for a number of years and I’m sure they will continue to build on their partnership in this new set-up.”
Saints have enjoyed an excellent preseason thus far, winning both of their clashes in Wales against Ospreys and Dragons, and will look to continue that this Friday as they take to the Franklin’s Gardens turf for the first time this campaign to take on Glasgow Warriors (kick-off 7.30pm).
And alongside defence coach Alan Dickens, attack coach Sam Vesty, forwards coach Phil Dowson and assistant coach Matt Ferguson, Boyd has now finalised his 54-man squad ahead of the upcoming 2018/19 campaign.
NORTHAMPTON SAINTS SQUAD 2018/19
Dylan Hartley (co-captain 2018/19)
Alex Waller (co-captain 2018/19)
Francois van Wyk
* Senior Academy 2018/19
** Injury cover (temporary contract)