Access all areas at Franklin’s Gardens as Saints open their doors

CHANCE TO SAY GOODBYE - Soane Tonga'uiha (left) and Brian Mujati are leaving the Saints at the end of the season (Picture: Linda Dawson)
CHANCE TO SAY GOODBYE - Soane Tonga'uiha (left) and Brian Mujati are leaving the Saints at the end of the season (Picture: Linda Dawson)

The Saints squad are preparing to give something back to their fans at a free Franklin’s Gardens open day on Saturday.

Members of the first team squad will be part of an event which will give supporters the chance to say goodbye to some of the players leaving the club this summer.

There will be numerous activities, including main pitch skills sessions involving the likes of Soane Tonga’uiha and Brian Mujati, and interview opportunities with Phil Dowson and Tom May.

And there is also the chance to watch the next generation of Saints players as the club’s under-17 side take on their Wasps counterparts from 2pm.

A Saints spokesperson said: “We’re really looking forward to Saturday’s open day.

“It is both a chance to say thank you to our supporters for the backing that they have given the team throughout the season and an opportunity for people to see behind the scenes at Franklin’s Gardens.

“The nature of modern-day rugby means that the window of opportunity for days like this is shrinking with each passing year, so we are going to make the most of this Saturday by giving people virtually unlimited access to the stadium, the chance to go through skill sessions with players and have a go at a wide range of other activities and interactive challenges.

“The Under-17s game at 2pm also gives supporters the chance to see some of the brightest young players in the country play on the main pitch, too.

“It’s going to be a memorable day and we hope that as many people as possible will come to Franklin’s Gardens.”

The events, the players taking part in them and where they will be held are listed below.

Main pitch skill sessions: Soane Tonga’uiha, Brian Mujati, Christian Day, Mark Sorenson, Lee Dickson, Martin Roberts, Stephen Myler, Ryan Lamb, Jamie Elliott & Ken Pisi.

Team room (Hankook power lap): James Wilson, Alex Waller.

Changing room: Ross McMillan, Dom Waldouck.

Press room (have a go at interviewing – we’ll email the interview to the people who do it): Phil Dowson, Tom May

Heroes Bar (inc design your own shirt): GJ van Velze, Ben Nutley

Gym: Calum Clark, Tom Mercey, Vasily Artemyev, Scott Armstrong.

Village area:

Table tennis: Samu Manoa, Courtney Lawes

Rowers: Tom Wood, Mikey Haywood

Bikes: Luther Burrell, Rhys Oakley