Heineken Cup Winners in the 1999-2000 season, the Northampton Saints were formed in 1880, and play at the approx. 13,000 capacity Franklin’s Gardens.
The Saints wear a green, black and gold jersey, which is currently manufactured by Burrda, a Swiss company that has only recently established itself as an apparel supplier to elite Rugby sides. The Saints’ original colours were simply green and black, with the gold added in 1905 when the side played the touring All Blacks.
The Saints have thrived in the professional era of rugby, becoming a Public Limited Company in 1999, the same year they reigned supreme in Europe. In recent years esteemed coaches, including former All Black coach Wayne Smith and legendary Scottish figure Ian McGeechan, have helped build the club into a genuine and consistent force in the English game.
As well as attracting quality coaches, the club, which enjoys a fierce rivalry with the Leicester Tigers known as the ‘Midlands Derby’, has boasted some highly accomplished players, including New Zealanders Wayne ‘Buck’ Shelford and Carlos Spencer, South Africa’s Corne Krige, and home-grown talent such as Paul Grayson, Tim Rodber, Steve Thompson, Courtney Lawes and Ben Foden, to name but a handful.