- DOB10 Nov 1991
Rising through the ranks of Northampton Saints' Academy, Mikey Haywood first broke into the senior set-up in 2011 after signing his first senior contract that summer.
Turning out for Colchester RFC alongside his time in Northampton's junior ranks, Haywood first made his way into the Wanderers team during the 2010/11 season before securing an Under-20 Six Nations Grand Slam with England Under-20s later that year.
And after his debut against Gloucester in 2011, Haywood has been a regular feature of any Saints side – playing no less than 18 games a season until injury struck in 2018.
The Southend-born hooker started both the victorious Premiership Rugby and European Challenge Cup finals in 2014, as well as the epic win over Leicester Tigers in the 2014 Premiership semi-final. And in the summer of 2016 Haywood was named in the Premiership Dream Team after a string of impressive performances in the 2015/16 season.
The hooker then became Saints' top try-scorer the following campaign, scoring eight tries in 29 appearances that term, and played almost every game of the 2017/18 season – scoring an outstanding try against Harlequins which was nominated for the league’s Try of the Season.
Despite a knee injury picked up in his 200th Saints appearance in 2018 keeping Haywood on the sidelines for most of the 2018/19 campaign, the hooker's second piece of silverware with Saints came that term as the side reached the knock-out stages of every competition before toppling Saracens in the Premiership Rugby Cup final.
And on his return to Saints' side in 2019 Haywood picked up right where he left off, turning out for Saints 20 times in the 2019/20 season and scoring four tries along the way before scoring a further two tries in his 16 outings in 2020/21.