Paul Diggin

Academy Coach


Paul Diggin is a Saints institution. Born in the town, Paul was educated at Northampton School for Boys where he captained the 1st XV. A versatile player who could play at fly half, on the wing or at full back, Paul is a graduate of the Saints Academy himself.

He made his debut for the Saints first team in 2004 whilst still a teenager and went on to play 148 first team games for the club, helping his side reach numerous finals along the way.

Paul was a key member of the Saints squad, along with fellow Academy coach Mark Hopley, that made an immediate return to the Premiership in 2008. Just one year after making their return to the Premiership, Paul helped the Saints win the European Challenge Cup final.

The following year Paul was heavily involved as the Saints won the Anglo-Welsh Cup and in 2011, Paul was an integral part of the Saints team that reached the Heineken Cup final. He played every minute in eight of Saints nine matches in Europe that season, scoring four tries against Edinburgh, becoming the first Saints player to score four tries in a European Cup match. He joined National Two South side Cambridge in 2013 before hanging up his boots at the end of the 2013/14 season.

Paul joined the coaching set up at Saints in 2014 as Academy Coach where he is invaluable in the development of young talent at the club, with his experience of numerous cup finals and high pressure matches.

Along with former Saints team mate and fellow Academy coach Mark Hopley, Paul guided the Under-18s to the league title in 2014 and helped them finish as runners-up the following season.