Matt Proctor is set to make his 50th appearance for Northampton Saints when they take on Harlequins at Franklin’s Gardens tonight.
With only three games remaining in the Gallagher Premiership, tonight’s fixture sees third take on fourth with the Saints having an opportunity to solidify their position in the final playoff place – sitting just one point above Exeter Chiefs in fifth.
The game also sees the return of long-time club servant Courtney Lawes, who captained England at the recent Six Nations before suffering an injury that has kept him sidelined.
The significance of the game in terms of the league standings will always be the priority for the team, but it will hold a special significance for New Zealand centre Matt Proctor – who will be featuring in his 50th for the Northampton club.
Proctor, 29, joined the Franklin’s Gardens side ahead of the 2019/20 season after spending his entire professional career in his home country up to that point, and has been a key feature for the team.
So far this season, Proctor has made 17 appearances and has picked up five tries (25 points) – setting career highs with the Saints as the team looks to secure a place in the final four.
While he has played at outside centre for the majority of his career, earning a single cap for the New Zealand national team in 2018, Proctor will be deployed at wing for the Saints against Harlequins as director of rugby Chris Boyd looks to shake up his backfield.
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