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Phil Dowson agrees new Northampton Saints deal

Phil Dowson
Dowson has made 16 Saints appearances this season

Northampton Saints back-rower Phil Dowson has agreed an undisclosed contract extension at the club.

The 29-year-old, who can play in all three back-row positions, has featured 47 times since joining from Newcastle in the summer of 2009.

"I wanted to stay and the club seemed pretty keen for me to stay, so it was a no brainer really," he said.

"We set high standards, which come from the top, and the quality of the squad shows that we need to be ambitious."

Dowson, who captains the side when Dylan Hartley is on duty with England, led saints to their LV=Cup final win over Gloucester in March.

Director of rugby Jim Mallinder added: "Phil has been an excellent addition to our squad in the year-and-a-half he has been at Franklin's Gardens so far.

"He quickly became one of the senior players in the squad and shows his leadership skills on and off the pitch.

"He is also a very talented player who fits into the style of play we try to achieve here, with pace, power and good skill with the ball in hand.

"I'm delighted that he has decided to stay at the Saints and believes in where we are taking the club."

His only try of the season came in a 31-10 victory over Bath in September.

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Dowson praises 'phenomenal' pack
01 Nov 10 |  Northampton
Mallinder hails 'talented' Dowson
04 Nov 10 |  Northampton
England call up Dowson for Fourie
09 Jun 10 |  Rugby Union
Dowson leaves Falcons for Saints
15 Apr 09 |  Northampton

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