Courtney Lawes: England lock extends Northampton Saints deal

Courtney Lawes has made 212 appearances for Northampton. David Rogers/Getty Images

England lock Courtney Lawes has extended his contract with Northampton Saints until 2021, the Premiership side announced Friday.

Lawes, 29, is Northampton's second-longest serving player, having made his debut as an 18-year-old in 2007, and has extended his current deal by two seasons.

"Northampton is my only club and Franklin's Gardens is home," Lawes said. "I was raised just down the road and the club has always meant an enormous amount to me.

"The environment Chris [Boyd] and the other coaches have been building over the past few months is incredibly positive and something I'm looking forward to continuing to be a part of."

Lawes has made 65 England appearances since winning his first cap in 2009 and represented the British & Irish Lions during the 2017 tour of New Zealand. He was named in Eddie Jones' 36-man squad for England's upcoming autumn internationals Thursday.

"We are delighted that Courtney will play his rugby at Franklin's Gardens for at least the next two seasons," Northampton head coach Chris Boyd said.

"The phrase 'world class' gets thrown around a lot in rugby but Courtney's ability is nothing short of that."