Lamb: Backs point to bright future for Saints

HIGH HOPES - Ryan Lamb
HIGH HOPES - Ryan Lamb

RYAN LAMB wants Saints to emulate Harlequins by keeping their ‘young and hungry’ backline together for years to come.

Last season’s Aviva Premiership champions Quins built their success on a group of players who had spent a number of seasons together.

The likes of Jordan Turner-Hall, George Lowe, Mike Brown and Ugo Monye have all been regular fixtures in the side for a long period of time.

And they eventually found the recipe for Premiership success, beating nine-times winners Leicester Tigers in the grand final in May.

Lamb wants Saints to use the side from The Stoop as a benchmark, after shaking up their backline this summer.

The likes of Dom Waldouck and Ken Pisi have been added – and Lamb wants to see them stay put for the long-term as Saints aim to achieve the stability needed to win major silverware.

“We’ve brought in some new young lads who look really good,” said the fly-half. “They’re young, they’re hungry and hopefully we can keep the side together for a long time like Quins have done.

“Quins have a young backline and they’ve had it for a long time. It’s working for them and we’re just really looking forward to the new season so it’ll be great to see how we get on at Gloucester on Saturday.”

Saints have made seven new signings this summer, with the most recent being 31-year-old No.8 Rhys Oakley who penned a permanent deal on Tuesday.

And Lamb believes boss Jim Mallinder has found the right blend ahead of the Premiership kick-off at Kingsholm on Saturday.

“We’ve got really good lads here and the group’s so tight especially with the pre-season training being so tough,” said Lamb.

“We like to hang around with each other after training and I think that’s the way it should be.

“We’re looking forward to the season and hopefully we can go into it with everyone fit and not suspended!”