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Fin Smith living in the moment

Northampton Saints fly-half Fin Smith has had a whirlwind two-years to say the least. 

The sprightly halfback burst onto the scene in 2021 with Worcester Warriors, but after the club’s collapse in 2022 he wound up in the East Midlands with Northampton.

He is now at the heartbeat of the free-flowing Saints attack, and his form has led to him winning his first England caps in the Six Nations.

With everything happening so quickly, he hasn’t had a chance to reflect just yet.

“I’ve not had a moment to reflect. It’s been one game after the next to be fair,” he told the media today. “I’m sure I’ll look back on it with real fond memories.”

He added: “I came into the season just wanting to play every week with Northampton. My aim was to feel like I was playing okay, and then maybe have a chance of getting a cap. The way it’s gone now, we’re top of the Prem and we’re unbeaten in Europe; we’ve got a good chance to do something pretty special.”

“At the minute I’m massively focused on what I can do to get better every week and help the team get a result. I’m hoping that when it’s all said and done, I’ll look back on it and think that was a pretty cool season.”

As Smith said, Northampton certainly have an opportunity to do something special this season. They currently sit top of the Premiership table, and look likely to secure a home semi-final. Alongside this though, they have reached the semi-final’s of the Champions Cup, and are just 80 minutes away from their first final since 2011.

Fin Smith on relaxing into his role

Fin Smith in action-Credit: IMAGO

Fin Smith in action-Credit: IMAGO

Smith’s form this season has proved he can be one of the best fly-halves in the Premiership, and he has also had some important moments for Saints this season.

Smith delivered an incredibly mature performance in their game against Munster at Thomond Park. Since then, he has only grown in confidence, which was rubber-stamped by his cheeky drop-goal against Leicester.

He has also won some personal accolades off the back of it too. He was named on the European Player of the Year shortlist, and won Premiership Player of the Month in December.

With so much going right on the field, he credited a change in mindset off it that has allowed him to find his best form.

“I think when I overthink stuff too much, that’s when I play my worst stuff. The more I can just relax and see what’s in front of me, that’s when I’m at my best.”

The 22-year-old actively works on his mental state too, and he spoke honestly about seeing a phycologist.

“I’ve worked really hard this year off pitch with a psychologist called Andrea First. We speak every other week.”

He added: “I was obsessed with rugby. I watched loads of it and that was almost having a bit of a negative impact. I’d make the tiniest mistake on a pitch and it would seem like my world had come crashing down.

“It’s been a real real challenge for me to learn how to switch off properly away from rugby.”