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Matt Ferguson provides update on Northampton Saints star Lewis Ludlam

Northampton Saints forwards coach Matt Ferguson has confirmed Lewis Ludlam is back in full training following a lengthy spell on the sidelines.

The England international was a part of Steve Borthwick’s World Cup squad last Autumn, and would make three appearances in the tournament.

He would return from the World Cup and go straight back into club action, however he picked up a nasty lower leg injury in his side’s 36-33 win over Harlequins back in November.

The back-rower has not featured for the club since, but he might be close to a return, with forwards coach Ferguson says he is ‘tearing it up’ in training.

Speaking to the media ahead of his side’s clash with Newcastle Falcons, Ferguson said: “He’s had two weeks of full training, tearing it up as you can imagine.”

He added: “the way he was hitting people earlier I think he’s ready for a game; so we’ll just have to make sure we get that right when that is.”

“He’s desperate to get his shot, which I’m sure he will in the coming weeks.”

Lewis Ludlam-the leader

Northampton Saints v Harlequins Gallagher Premiership Rugby 24/11/2023. Northampton Saints back row Lewis Ludlam 8 during the Gallagher Premiership Rugby match between Northampton Saints and Harlequins at Cinch stadium at Franklins Gardens, Northampton, United Kingdom on 24 November 2023. Northampton Franklins Gardens Northamptonshire United Kingdom Editorial use only , Copyright: xDennisxGoodwinx PSI-18442-0052

Northampton have been on a fantastic run of form recently. They are unbeaten in their last nine matches in all competitions-including their heroic 26-23 win against Munster on Saturday.

This great run of form has seen a large group of Saints players selected for international duty this Six Nations.

Tommy Freeman, Tom Pearson, Alex Mitchell, Alex Coles, Fin Smith, Fraser Dingwall and George Furbank have all been called into the England squad and Rory Hutchinson and Elliot Millar-Mills are included in Gregor Townsend’s Scotland squad.

Whilst these players are all dominating the headlines, Ferguson was quick to praise the collective efforts of the wider Northampton Saints squad in their good run-and this is driven by captain Lewis Ludlum.

“We always say that our results on a Saturday come from the quality of our training in the week and I thought some of the training last week before Munster was some of the best rugby that we’d seen out on the training pitch.”

“If we can get our non-playing squad to drive our playing squad, then I think that has been the answer of why we’ve been successful so far this season, and Luds (Lewis Ludlum) is a big driver of that.”