Man-of-the-Match Cardall Scores Contract with Northampton Saints

cardall3After starting his rugby career at the young age of five, Tim Cardall has climbed through the ranks of Oundle Rugby Club, the Northampton Saints Development Programme and the England equivalent.

From Prince William School, his rugby journey kicked off after an invitation to play for an East Midlands side at the U16 level, which led into further invitations to the midlands and England U16s.

From then on his success in climbing the ranks has been rapid; playing matches against France, Belgium and Holland, before gaining a place in the England U17 team in which Tim helped secure a win against the French.

His man-of-the-match performance marked a proud moment in his rugby career and also a well-earned call-up for an England U18 trial.

In addition to his England success, Tim has also been performing well for the Northampton Saints U18 team, who secured a place in the Premiership Academy League final against Saracens at Allianz Park, narrowly losing 23 to 19.

After impressing coaching staff at a vigorous pre-season during the summer with the Northampton 1st team, Tim gained a place in the JP Morgan Premiership 7s Series.
In front of a crowd of 11,000 at Northampton Saint’s Franklin’s Gardens in August, he scored an impressive try against Saracens.

Having proved his worth for Northampton, in March this year, Tim secured his first professional contract with Northampton Saints.

‘This is the ultimate. Having grown up watching Northampton Saints play, all I have wanted to do is play for them.’

Tim is not complacent, however, and is keeping his sights on the future: ‘In the coming year I hope to get into the England U20 team and win both Six Nation and a World Cup with them. I also hope to make my first team debut.’

Getting to this level of play requires commitment and training from an early age, and Tim is grateful for the help and development he received from Oundle Rugby Club and his family.

The coaches at the Oundle Rugby Club instilled the passion and supported his talent.

‘Without their commitment, time, effort and passion I wouldn’t be where I am today and I am very grateful for all they have done for me and for getting me where I am today in life.’

Freddy MacNaughton
Photo Credit: Claire Jones