- DOB10 Nov 1991
Mike Haywood has enjoyed an exceptional career to date in Saints’ front row.
Despite competing in large part with England captain Dylan Hartley for the No.2 jersey, Haywood’s performances on the field have been immense and he played a major role during the most successful period in the Club’s history.
Haywood first made his way into the Wanderers team during the 2010/11 season, a year in which he secured a Six Nations Grand Slam with England Under-20s, and after signing a first-team contract at the end of that campaign he has gone from strength to strength at Franklin’s Gardens.
The Southend-born Saints Academy product 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.
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 year, 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.