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Day loving life as Saints stalwart

06th March 2014 08:40


Christian Day after scoring for Northampton

Fired up: Christian Day

Experienced Northampton Saints second-row Christian Day is revelling in his leadership role with the Premiership challengers.

The 30-year-old has excelled as Saints have won 12 from their last 12 games in all competitions this season, and has a total of 23 appearances to his name for 2013/14.

"I've played a lot of games. It's always nice to be picked and I'll just keep going the way I am," Day told the Northampton Chronicle and Echo.

"I think I'm a player who brings out the best in others and I just hope I'm doing my job right.

"I seem to be because I keep getting picked."

And alongside the fine winning record, Day's Saints have built notable strength in depth this season, affording fringe players the chance to impress.

Saturday's LV= Cup semi-final showdown with Saracens, while both sides are minus their Six Nations stars, will provide another opportunity for those on the periphery.

"Any time you pull on the first-team shirt you've got to be proud, but this is certainly a competition for the development of players and we've shown that," added Day.

"We've got the mix really spot on this year by having four or five younger experienced guys and 10 or so guys who are coming in with something to show.

"That's what we've got this year. We've got younger guys stepping up every week, we've got guys who don't get as much time for the first team as they want and they're stepping up because this is their opportunity.

"This weekend you're going to see guys playing in a semi-final of a cup wanting to take their opportunity."

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