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Northampton sign England hooker Curtis Langdon

By Ian Cameron
(Photo by Steve Bardens/The RFU Collection via Getty Images)

Northampton Saints have confirmed the signing of England international hooker Curtis Langdon.

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Langdon, 25, will join the club next season from Montpellier Hérault, having crossed the channel to link up with the Top 14 side earlier this season after his former side Worcester Warriors were placed into administration.

Standing 6’1” and weighing 107kg, the hooker previously enjoyed a six-year stint in the Gallagher Premiership with Sale Sharks.

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During that spell he scored 14 tries in 89 appearances following a switch from London Irish’s academy set-up.

Having represented England U20s throughout 2016 and 2017, Langdon made his senior international debut under Eddie Jones during the summer of 2021 with two Test appearances against the USA and Canada.

“I’ve always really enjoyed watching Curtis play in the Gallagher Premiership throughout his time with Sale and Worcester,” said Saints’ Director of Rugby, Phil Dowson.

“He’s tough, aggressive, and relentless in everything he does on the pitch – but he’s also got a high skill level, and we want our hookers to be able to get their hands on the ball around the park.

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“I love his attitude towards his training and his own improvement; he’s a very ambitious guy and no doubt he is hoping to add to the international caps he already has under his belt.

“Curtis is a straight-talking, no-nonsense sort of player with a bit of edge. He’s been going well for Montpellier since his move there, so we’re really looking forward to bringing him into our environment and I’m confident he’ll be a great fit for us.”

During his time with Sale, Langdon helped the Sharks qualify for the Gallagher Premiership’s play-offs in 2021.

“I’m incredibly grateful to have the opportunity to return to the Premiership, and thrilled to do it at a massive Club in Northampton Saints,” said Langdon.

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“Saints have a young and exciting squad, full of internationals and English players, which I’m eager to be a part of. I hope I can add some value to the group and help to drive the Club forwards.

“I met with Phil Dowson and the rest of Saints’ coaches before I came out to France. They are an enthusiastic group of coaches with a clear vision for the future – speaking to them it was obvious that coming to Northampton was going to be really good for my development as a player.

“I’ve always enjoyed playing at Franklin’s Gardens too; the atmosphere around the ground is fantastic on matchday and it’s a great pitch to play on.

“Putting my hand up for England selection again was definitely part of the decision to come to Northampton. I want to do everything I can to play well and help Saints first and foremost, but if that goes to plan, I’d love to get another opportunity at international level.”

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