Five commit future to Saints

Congleton Guardian: Ben Foden is among the players to extend their deals at Northampton Ben Foden is among the players to extend their deals at Northampton

England internationals Ben Foden and Lee Dickson have agreed contract extensions at Northampton among five backs to sign new deals at the Aviva Premiership title challengers.

Foden and Dickson are joined by Luther Burrell, Ken Pisi and Jamie Elliott in penning fresh terms, just a week after forwards Tom Wood, Christian Day and Sam Dickinson committed their futures to Saints.

"We're delighted these five players have signed new contracts," Northampton director of rugby Jim Mallinder said.

"They have all come a long way in their time with us and are recognised as being some of the best players in their positions in the country. Retaining them was one of our main priorities.

"It's important we have a group of quality players who understand our culture and what we are trying to achieve.

"Ben, Lee, Luther, Ken and Jamie fit into that category."

Foden figured for England during the autumn on the bench and on the wing and is one of the Premiership's best full-backs

Dickson's fine opening to the season for Saints saw him start the November internationals against Australia, Argentina and New Zealand as first choice scrum-half.

Strong running centre Burrell is on the radar of England head coach Stuart Lancaster and is likely to feature at some point during the forthcoming RBS 6 Nations.

Pisi, the Samoa wing, is in his second season at Franklin's Gardens and Elliott is an England Under-20 wing.

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