- BirthplaceWellington, New Zealand
Chris Boyd joined Northampton Saints at the start of August 2018 as the Club’s new Director of Rugby.
The Kiwi arrived from the Wellington-based Hurricanes with a superb reputation as one of the most experienced head coaches in world rugby to mark the start of a new era for Saints.
He had coached the New Zealand franchise since the 2015 campaign, guiding them to their first-ever Super Rugby title the following year.
Boyd so nearly completed a fairy-tale first season with the franchise – his side narrowly losing out to the Highlanders in the Super Rugby final after topping the regular-season table.
But despite losing the likes of Conrad Smith, Ma'a Nonu and Jeremy Thrush, the Hurricanes went all the way to the Super Rugby title the following season, with Boyd’s side – captained by Dane Coles and boasting World Cup winners TJ Perenara, Beauden Barrett, Nehe Milner-Skudder and Julian Savea – romping to a 20–3 triumph over the Lions in the final.
He also gained experience with South African franchise Sharks – working as an assistant coach in Durban from 2009 to 2010 – and coached the ‘Baby Blacks’, New Zealand’s under-20s side, between 2011 and 2014.
Boyd was also an assistant coach during Tonga’s 2011 Rugby World Cup campaign when the pacific island nation famously beat France – the eventual losing finalists – for the first time.
He began his career with nine years at Tawa Rugby Club before progressing from second XV coach to assistant coach at hometown club Wellington Lions, ultimately getting the top job in 2011 after his stint with the Sharks before moving on to the Hurricanes.