South Africa born lock David Ribbans has committed his future to the Aviva Premiership club Northampton Saints until 2020.
Ribbans' youth rugby career came with the Western Province between 2014 and 2016 following which he shifted to the Franklin's Gardens in 2017.
His debut for the Saints came in a friendly against the RFU Championship side Bedford in which he scored a hat-trick and soon made a mark for himself.
Northampton rugby director Jim Mallinder believes the 22-year-old has all the potential to become a star player for the club in the future and is delighted with his decision to remain with the Saints for the next three years.
"We are delighted that another young, talented, English-qualified player has committed their future to the Saints," Mallinder told the club's official website.
"In order to be successful you need that right balance of experience and youth, and despite only playing for the Saints a dozen times, David has shown his outstanding qualities.
"The exciting thing is, we believe there is still plenty more to come from him, and we look forward to watching his continued development at Franklin's Gardens."
Northampton Saints will head to Sixways next on 18th November to take on Worcester Warriors in the upcoming round of the Aviva Premiership.
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