Scotland caps: 31
Northampton Saints DOR
Despite the Club’s relegation in the 1995/96 season, Pountney was at the forefront for a brilliant era for Saints immediately afterward.
Under the stewardship of Sir Ian McGeechan, the Demolition Tour of Division Two proved to be the springboard for a rise up the Premiership which culminated in the legendary Heineken Cup win over Munster.
The Heineken Cup was reward for a stunning season that took the Saints to the Tetley’s Bitter Cup final and to the brink of the Premiership title, with the campaign only faltering in the final few weeks as the heavy workload took its toll.
As well as skippering Scotland during his time at Frankin’s Gardens, Pountney also took the first team reins in the autumn of 2004 alongside Paul Grayson to save the side from relegation.