Saints boss Mallinder excited by potential of new signing

Saints boss Jim Mallinder believes new signing David Ribbans is a player with real potential.

Thursday, 5th January 2017, 6:47 pm
Updated Wednesday, 11th January 2017, 3:49 am
Jim Mallinder (picture: Sharon Lucey)

Ribbans has moved to Northampton from South African side Western Province.

The 6ft 8in lock has already arrived at Franklin’s Gardens and will add to a second row department that also includes Courtney Lawes, Christian Day, Api Ratuniyarawa, James Craig and Michael Paterson.

Ribbans is England-qualified and had a rapid rise through the ranks in Cape Town, helping their Under-19s win the Provincial Championship before making his first-class debut in the Vodacom Cup in 2015.

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He was then being included in the Stormers’ Super Rugby squad in 2016 and named as Western Province’s young forward of the year.

And Mallinder said: “David is a player who has the potential to have a successful rugby career.

“He is a big man who is also very athletic and has a good understanding of the game.

“We’re looking forward to seeing him develop here at Franklin’s Gardens.”