Vesty salutes Francis ahead of Saints centre's World Cup debut

Sam Vesty has paid tribute to Piers Francis ahead of the Saints centre's World Cup debut.

Wednesday, 25th September 2019, 1:59 pm
Piers Francis

Francis will start at inside centre for England against USA on Thursday (kick-off 11.45am UK time).

The Saints star earned a place in Eddie Jones' squad following a fine campaign at Franklin's Gardens.

Francis, who moved to Northampton from Super Rugby side the Blues in 2017, established himself as the first-choice 12 at Saints last season, scoring seven tries in 23 appearances.

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He has since cemented his place in the England squad and will win his ninth cap in the clash with the USA.

And Vesty said: "PF is a fantastic player because every time he's on the pitch you know he's going to give you absolutely everything he's got.

"He doesn't necessarily do the stand-out things in a game but he does everything really well.

"That level and consistency of performance is something that is real class. It's a real art form to get that.

"He's a real bit of glue to our attacking game and he's a real bit of glue to our defensive game."