Ben Foden, the full back for the Aviva Premiership Rugby Union side the Northampton Saints has stated that his team has more than a decent chance of success this season. The Saints reached the playoff semi finals of the Aviva Premiership last year and the 27 year old full back was one of the key performers in the team’s 24-19 win against Gloucester Rugby in the opening round of the new season of the Premiership.
And speaking to BBC Northampton about his team’s chance, Foden stated that he feels a whole lot better about the current squad of players in the team than he has done in his stint at the club, and pointed out that the strength in depth of the squad will be a key factor in sustaining a winning run. Foden also commented that although the critics don’t give the team a chance and have written them off with only a game played into the new season, he believes that the Northampton Saints can rise up to the challenge and succeed.
He admitted that the new players that have been recruited by the club have pretty large shoes to fill, but he has also stated that in spite of that, the mentality as well as the attitude of the team is the same as it was. And the man who has 30 caps for England knows that the youngsters in the team will be looking at him for inspiration and knowledge.
Foden made it clear that it feels like an extra responsibility for him but he is ready to lead them to greater things. And Director of Rugby Jim Mallinder also agrees with his star player that the Northampton Saints are in transition but admitted that the team still has a decent chance of upsetting the odds and succeeding.