In-form Day delights in leading by example at Saints

SETTING AN EXAMPLE - Saints lock Christian Day (Picture: Linda Dawson)
SETTING AN EXAMPLE - Saints lock Christian Day (Picture: Linda Dawson)

Saints lock Christian Day feels his best attribute is helping those around him realise their potential.

And the 30-year-old is revelling in the amount of chances he is getting to do that at Saints this season.

Day has been a key component in a Northampton team that has won its past 12 games in all competitions.

The experienced campaigner has shown his importance in the set piece and has been a leader around the park, steering his team to some crucial wins.

And Day, who has made 23 appearances so far this season, is pleased with how things are going.

He said: “I’ve played a lot of games. It’s always nice to be picked and I’ll just keep going the way I am.

“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.”

Day has been impressed with the balance Saints have managed to find this season and is hoping to see another example of it this weekend.

Saracens head to Franklin’s Gardens for an LV= Cup semi-final on Saturday, providing another chance for some of the squad’s fringe players to shine.

“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,” said 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.”