Northampton's Christian Day set to retire

Christian Day will be retiring at the end of the season
Christian Day will be retiring at the end of the season

Northampton Saints lock Christian Day has confirmed that he will retire from professional rugby at the end of the ongoing season.

The 34-year-old will now join Rugby Player's Association as Player Liaison Officer after previously holding the chairman post in the association between 2014 and 2017.

Day made his professional rugby debut with Sale Sharks in 2003 and was part of the squad that clinched their maiden Premiership title in 2005/06. His association with Northampton Saints started in 2008 after a brief stint with Stade Francais and helped the Franklin's Gardens outfit to two apiece of European Challenge Cup and Premiership titles.

“After 17 years of professional rugby, time has unfortunately caught up with me, but I am extremely proud to have contributed so much at Franklin’s Gardens in ten seasons as a Saint.

“I have been battling an injury for some time which will unfortunately prevent me from playing in this season’s remaining fixtures, but I will be continuing to try and help my teammates at Saints as much as I can until my contract is complete.

“Thanks must go to so many people who have helped to make my time in this fantastic game so special. To all of the coaches, medical staff, backroom staff, supporters, friends and family who have supported me throughout my career; I am truly grateful.

“My greatest memories in life have invariably been spent with my closest family, or on the rugby field. I am sad to leave the changing rooms behind, but am hugely excited by my new role with the RPA.

"It’s an opportunity to give something back, and to try to make the professional game even better for those who are lucky enough to get to play it.”

Day also has captained England U21 side previously and has also featured for England Saxons team.