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Front row duo re-sign with Saints

Front row duo re-sign with Saints

Northampton Saints today announced that front rowers Brian Mujati and Brett Sharman have both signed new contracts with the club.

Both players have made massive contributions to the Saints since their arrivals at Franklin’s Gardens.

Tight-head prop Mujati has been one of the standout performers during 2010, his contributions in the set piece and in the loose leading to the cult cheer of ‘Moo for Mooj’ among the Saints supporters.

Mujati, 26, has 38 appearances and four tries to his name, adding to his 12 South African international caps won before arriving in Northampton, and is looking forward to wearing the black, green and gold on many more occasions.

“I’ve been made to feel very welcome by everyone at the club and in the town,” he said. “I’m certainly happy to sign on again with the Saints. We have had some success but we’re still improving as a squad and I’m sure that there will be more to come in the near future.”

23-year-old English qualified hooker Sharman is another player who could reach 50 appearances this season. So far he has racked up 45 in just over two years at Franklin’s Gardens, and won man of the match in the Saints’ Aviva Premiership Rugby win over Newcastle at the end of October.

“It was a very easy decision to sign again,” he said. “The club’s going in the right direction and I want to be a part of that in the future. The coaches have taught me a lot since I’ve been here and it seems to be paying off now, and hopefully this will continue in the future.

“The people at the club have been great and my girlfriend and I are settled in the town, especially now we’ve bought a house. Northampton is a rugby-crazy town which is good to live in and I’ve made a lot of mates here. It is also one of the best crowds to play in front of. They’re behind you every step of the way and it drives you to perform.”

Director of rugby Jim Mallinder said he was delighted that both players had signed new contracts with the club.

“It is massively important that we have a squad full of quality and Brian and Brett have showed they have what it takes to compete at the top end of the Premiership,” he said. “They have both improved a lot as players over the past year, and their performances reflect the work they have put in off the field. But they are still young men and we believe they have their best years in front of them, and we’re delighted that they will be spending them at Franklin’s Gardens.”
 

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