Northampton Saints have announced that Scotland international Rory Hutchinson has extended his contract at Franklin’s Gardens.
The 23-year-old, who came through the Saints academy system, has made 46 appearances to date for the club, scoring 13 tries.
Hutchinson’s form during the second half of the 2018/19 campaign saw him named Saints’ breakthrough player for the season.
He also collected club and Premiership player of the month awards and was rewarded with a maiden call-up into the Scotland team before the World Cup, making his first international start by scoring twice in a warm-up Test against Georgia.
“I feel like I have been living out my dream over the last six months or so, playing for Northampton Saints and making my international debut for Scotland,” he said.
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“Franklin’s Gardens is a fantastic place to play rugby; I trust in Chris Boyd and what he and all the coaches here are doing at the club, so I’ve no doubt that this is the best place for me to develop even further and win more silverware in the coming years.
“Ever since I first pulled on the jersey, I was desperate to win trophies with Saints and that ambition definitely still burns brightly. There are some seriously gifted players around me in Northampton, and I’m really confident together we can achieve a lot over the coming years.”
Born in Cambridge, Hutchinson joined Saints academy from Shelford RFC before breaking into the first-team squad during the 2016/17 season. His try against Exeter Chiefs on his first club start won Northampton’s try of the season award.
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Three years later, he became the 1,104th player to represent Scotland when he made his Test debut off the bench against France in August. “Rory is a high-skill player who has made a significant step up in his performances over the last 12 months,” said Saints’ director of rugby Chris Boyd.
“Right from when I arrived in Northampton, I was impressed with his skill set, willingness to try new things and the effort he makes to improve his all-round game.
“He has seen that pay off with awards and a call-up to play for Scotland this summer, all of which was richly deserved, but crucially he has not taken his foot off the accelerator and has picked up where he left off so far this season in trying to fulfil his huge potential.
“I’ve no doubt Rory will be an important player for us over the coming seasons, and our supporters love watching him play, so we’re thrilled to see him sign on again.”
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