Foden to leave Northampton

Long-serving former England full-back Ben Foden will leave Northampton Saints at the end of the season.

Foden is to move on after making his 250th appearance for Northampton in the final match of the Premiership campaign against Worcester Warriors on Saturday.

The 32-year-old has won a Premiership title and the European Challenge Cup twice during his time with Saints after joining from Sale Sharks in 2008, also earning 34 caps for his country, but is set for pastures new.

"I'm honoured to have had the opportunity to represent Northampton Saints almost 250 times," said Foden.

"I've enjoyed some incredible highs at this club over the last 10 years, winning trophies both in this country and across Europe. I want to thank all of the team-mates and coaches that I have worked with in that time, as well as wishing everyone that is staying here all the best for the future.

"I'm also so grateful to the club's supporters, who have been behind me right from the beginning and made me feel loved every time I ran out at Franklin's Gardens, and I leave with memories of them that I will cherish forever.

"I still feel fit and hungry for competitive rugby, and while now is the time to move on, I am really excited for what the next chapter holds in store for me."

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