- DOB23 Feb 1989
Raised just a stone's throw from Franklin's Gardens, Courtney Lawes' world-class talent has been a constant at Northampton Saints since he made his debut against Esher in 2007 in National League One.
Having risen through the Saints Academy ranks, Lawes continued to impress as Saints were promoted back to the Premiership – helping the side lift both the European Challenge Cup in 2009 and the LV= Cup in 2010.
A Heineken Champions Cup final followed for the lock in 2011 before Lawes' instrumental performances helped Saints a double-winning season in 2014, with the side claiming their first ever Premiership title and a second Challenge Cup trophy within eight days of each other.
And under Chris Boyd Lawes continued to excel, reaching the knock-out stages of every senior competition with his teammates in the 2018/19 season before being named Player of the Season in 2020 by the Club's supporters.
Having represented England at Under-20s level during the 2009 IRB Junior World Championship, Lawes was selected in the Saxons squad before senior England honours came later that same year in the Autumn International against Australia at Twickenham.
Since then, he has gone on to represent England at three Rugby World Cups and in ten consecutive Six Nations campaigns – with the lock reaching the World Cup final in 2019 and claiming three Six Nations titles so far, including a first Grand Slam in 13 years in 2016, as well as helping the Red Rose to an historic 3-0 Test series triumph over the Wallabies in the summer of 2016.
Lawes impressed so much with Saints and England that he was named on the 2017 British & Irish Lions tour of New Zealand, winning six caps on the trip and remaining undefeated in the two Tests he played against the All Blacks.