Ludlam missing his Saints team-mates

Lewis Ludlam says he is really missing his Saints team-mates.

Friday, 22nd May 2020, 5:28 pm
Lewis Ludlam would love to be back alongside his Saints team-mates

The England flanker, like the rest of the Northampton squad, remains in self-isolation due to the Covid-19 pandemic.

Saints are not set to return to any form of training at Franklin's Gardens for at least two weeks, a decision made at a meeting of the Professional Game Board on Thursday.

And that means even more time away from his mates for Ludlam.

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"I really enjoy being with the boys all year round, this period has made me realise that," Ludlam told Sky Sports.

"It's the longest I've ever been away from them and it's definitely something I'm missing."

Players at Saints have been keeping in touch online and that is also the case for England squad members.

"Zoom calls have been a good way to train together and help keep us motivated," Ludlam said about the international team.

"We've got positional sessions once a week and a group session too - hopefully if people see us being active and getting out the house it transfers and helps as many people as possible."

Like so many people across the country, Ludlam has also been unable to see family members, including his dad, Arron.

And when asked about the influence his father has had on him over the years, Ludlam said: "He's driven me all over the country, when I was younger I went to Colchester junior rugby which was a 45-minute trip every week, twice a week.

"And when I started progressing with my rugby he was driving me to Northampton every Wednesday which was two and a half hours away to train with the Saints.

"It's so special when I see my dad in the crowd when I'm on the pitch, I'm always looking out for him and his hand signals telling me where I need to be, and when I need to calm down - even in my professional career.

"I always want to do him proud when I'm on the pitch and hopefully it won't be too long until that happens again."