Shepherd takes legal action

Australian disputes Northampton's termination of his contract

Last Updated: 16/08/12 9:01am

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Cameron Shepherd: Taking legal action against Northampton Saints

Cameron Shepherd: Taking legal action against Northampton Saints

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Cameron Shepherd is launching legal action against Northampton after the Aviva Premiership club terminated his contract for medical reasons.

The former Australia international was due to join the Saints on a three-year deal this summer after spending seven seasons with Super Rugby side Western Force.

But the 28-year-old's move to Franklin's Gardens fell through after Northampton backed out due to medical advice. Shepherd has since joined fellow English side Sale.

Shepherd's agent Nick Fordham has issued a statement claiming he was "appalled at the behaviour of Northampton in respect of the manner in which his client and family were treated".

Fordham said: "Expert medical reports from leading independent orthopaedic surgeons and Cameron's former club doctors at the Western Force have concluded that there is nothing wrong with Cameron's ankle."

Northampton director of rugby Jim Mallinder stated at the time the contract was terminated: "We obviously monitored Cameron's condition between signing his contract and his scheduled arrival and, after great consideration, felt that on balance we needed more certainty about his ability to handle the tough demands of our long season for the duration of his three-year contract."

Shepherd has been troubled by groin and wrist injuries and played just two games for the Force this year.

He made his Super Rugby debut with the New South Wales Waratahs in 2004 and played nine Tests for Australia between 2006 and 2010.

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