- DOB29 Aug 1995
- BirthplaceSomerset West
English-qualified lock David Ribbans joined Saints from South African outfit Western Province in January 2017, making his debut against arch rivals Leicester Tigers shortly after.
Ribbans had enjoyed a rapid rise through the ranks in Cape Town, helping their Under-19s win the Provincial Championship before making his first-class debut in the Vodacom Cup in 2015.
He was then included in the Stormers’ Super Rugby squad in 2016, as well as being named Western Province’s Young Forward of the Year.
After making 18 appearances for Saints and scoring three tries during the 2017/18 season, Ribbans really kicked on in Chris Boyd’s first season in charge of Northampton and played 22 matches in all competitions – starting 19 and crossing the whitewash four times along the way.
Impressing supporters with his lineout prowess and imposing ball-carrying, Ribbans was voted the Club’s player of the month for October 2018 in a standout year for the men in Black, Green and Gold as the side won the Premiership Rugby Cup and reached the Gallagher Premiership semi-finals.