Saints bring in Paul Grayson


Northampton have confirmed that Paul Grayson will join Chris Boyd’s coaching staff for the 2018/19 season as a consultant kicking coach.

Grayson, 47, made 259 appearances in Black, Green and Gold, becoming the Saints leading all-time points scorer in the process, notching 2,786 points in total. He made his England debut in 1995, making 32 appearances and scoring 400 points.

“We are delighted to make this appointment,” said new director of rugby, Boyd.

“Paul was an exceptional kicker during his career, both out of hand and when kicking for goal.

“Tactical kicking, when to kick, how to kick, and of course converting points through penalties and conversions is an imperative part of the modern game. Paul’s extensive technical knowledge in this area will benefit the squad greatly.

“He will complement the rest of the coaching team well, and we all look forward to welcoming him back to the Gardens.”

In 2005 Grayson retired from his 12-year playing career and was made head coach at Franklin’s Gardens, guiding the team to a top six finish the following season and a Heineken Cup semi-final in 2007.

“This is a very exciting time to be re-joining the Saints set-up,” commented Grayson.

“Northampton Saints is in my blood so I am delighted to accept this opportunity.

“I have clear ideas of what I would like to contribute, and I cannot wait to get out on to the training ground and get started.”

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