Nafi Tuitavake pens new deal with Northampton Saints

Nafi Tuitavake will remain at Franklin's Gardens for another year
Nafi Tuitavake will remain at Franklin's Gardens for another year

Tonga international Nafi Tuitavake has penned a new one-year deal with English Premiership club Northampton Saints.

The 29-year-old made his professional rugby debut with Provincial side North Harbour in 2008 and after a brief stint with French club Agen and Super Rugby side Crusaders, he joined Northampton Saints in 2016.

Since his arrival at Franklin's Gardens, Tuitavake has represented Northampton 29 times becoming a regular for them in the last two seasons.

"I’m delighted to be staying at Saints for another year, a decision which was very easy for me to make,” said Tuitavake, who has earned eight international caps for Tonga.

"The support I have received from Saints’ supporters since I have arrived at the club has been very humbling and something I am very grateful for.

"I love pulling on the black, green and gold jersey and running out at the Gardens – when it’s in full voice it’s a special place to play.

"Things are looking very positive for next season and I can’t wait to get back out there again. We have a very talented squad with some truly world-class players, and the prospect of working with new coach Chris Boyd next season is a hugely exciting."

Northampton Saints finished ninth in the 2017/18 season of Aviva Premiership after managing just eight wins from 22 games.