- DOB29 Aug 1995
- BirthplaceSomerset West
England-qualified forward David Ribbans joined Saints from South African outfit Western Province in the winter of 2017, making his debut against arch rivals Leicester Tigers in the January of that year.
Ribbans had 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.
Ribbans stepped out for Saints for the first time in fine style during a friendly against Bedford, scoring a hat-trick of tries and announce himself as a contender for a place in the second row.
He also scored a double against Bath Rugby in the Premiership the following season, and he was at it again at St James’ Park, scoring the first ever try at the stadium in an historic fixture against Newcastle Falcons.