Reason to be Api as Ratuniyarawa signs new Saints deal

Api Ratuniyarawa has signed a new deal at Saints.

Api Ratuniyarawa is a popular figure at Franklin's Gardens
Api Ratuniyarawa is a popular figure at Franklin's Gardens

The Fiji lock has scored five tries in 79 appearances for the club since joining from Agen in 2016.

He was named breakthrough player of the season at Saints at the end of the 2017/18 season and even named his son Franklin after his birth last year.

“It’s an honour for me to sign on again for such a great club,” Ratuniyarawa said.

“Northampton really feels like home for my family and I now, and it has been a great four years so we’re delighted to be staying here.

“The club has really developed since I arrived, especially within the squad with many young guys coming through.

"The coaches are doing a great job and we have a good balance within the squad, so I’m really excited to stay on to be a part of this.

“For me and my family, playing in front of such a passionate group of fans at Franklin’s Gardens is one of the most special things about playing here.

"Hopefully, with the squad we have, we can work hard and deliver some more silverware for them in the coming seasons.”

A superb ball carrier, expert at getting over the gain line, and a deft offloader too, Ratuniyarawa has proved himself a threat all over the park for Saints.

The 33-year-old is also a regular with Fiji, earning 35 caps for his country so far and featuring at two Rugby World Cups (England 2015 and Japan 2019).

And Saints director of rugby Chris Boyd said: “Api’s been here a long time and he’s a really popular member of our group.

“He works hard, he’s heavy and he’s a great ball carrier, so he offers a lot to us and gives a good balance to our loose forwards.

"He’s a good man with really good core skills, so we’re very pleased to retain him.

“He’s one of the senior boys here now and we’ve no doubt that he will continue to perform well for Northampton Saints.”