Saints duo head to Randwick
PREMIERSHIP NEWS: Northampton Saints' Tom Collins and Tom Stephenson will be spending their off-season building up their rugby experience at one of Australia's most famous clubs.
The backs are on their way to Randwick to play in the Sydney club competition until late July. This arrangement has been reached thanks to Saints attack coach Alan Dickens' former coach at Saracens, Alan Gaffney, who has strong links with Randwick.
The Coogee-based outfit has been home to some of Australia's greatest ever internationals, including the Ella brothers, David Campese, Chris Latham, Phil Kearns and George Gregan.
Stephenson is looking forward to pulling on the famous green shirt.
"I'm excited about heading to Sydney for the next few weeks. Randwick is a great club and it will good to get some rugby under my belt after what has been a frustrating season for me.
"It will be good to have Tom Collins there with me. We're good friends and I know he's looking forward to the experience as much as I am and playing rugby in a different environment," Stephenson said.
Director of rugby Jim Mallinder says that Stephenson and Collins will benefit from playing rugby in Sydney.
"The Sydney competition is strong and competitive, and both Toms will be able to develop their games over the next few weeks. It will be a good experience for them, and I'm sure that they will learn a lot and come back as better rugby players," Mallinder said.