Northampton sign young WP lock
- 06 Jan 2017
David Ribbans will further his career with the Northampton Saints in England.
The 21-year-old England-qualified lock– who at 2.02m tall and 116kg is an imposing physical presence – joins the Saints from Western Province.
Ribbans had a rapid rise through the ranks in Cape Town, helping their U19s win the Provincial Championship before making his first class debut in the Vodacom Cup in 2015, and then being included in the Stormers’ Super Rugby squad in 2016. He was also Western Province’s Young Forward of the Year.
Director of rugby Jim Mallinder believes that the Saints have brought in a player with a lot of potential.
'David is a player who has the potential to have a successful rugby career,' he said. 'He is a big man who is also very athletic and has a good understanding of the game. We’re looking forward to seeing him develop here at Franklin’s Gardens.'
Photo: Getty Images
Boks need forward firepower
Willem Alberts should come straight into the Springboks’ starting lineup to add some much-needed grunt up front, writes CRAIG LEWIS.
Green Bok side could struggle
The Springboks’ Rugby Championship squad is light on experience as well as genuine Test options at blindside flank, inside centre and fullback, writes JON CARDINELLI.
Boks have lost identity
The Springboks desperately need a leadership that will provide honesty, innovation and clear direction, writes CRAIG LEWIS.