Soane Tonga'uiha to leave Northampton Saints at end of season to join Racing Metro
Last Updated: 14/03/13 5:42pm
Soane Tonga'uiha: Successful seven-year stint at Franklin's Gardens
Soane Tonga'uiha has confirmed that he will be leaving Northampton to join Racing Metro at the end of the season.
The 31-year-old loosehead prop has been one of the most consistent performers in the Aviva Premiership since joining the Saints seven years ago.
Tonga'uiha collected LV= Cup Final and Amlin Challenge Cup winners' medals and also played a key role in Saints reaching the 2011 Heineken Cup final.
"My seven years at Northampton have been very happy ones," he said. "I have been with the club through relegation to promotion to the Heineken Cup final and it is a journey that has made Saints a part of me.
"Northampton is a fantastic club, with excellent coaches, management, staff and facilities. I am surrounded by a great bunch of talented lads who I believe with the addition of incoming players will go on to win plenty of silverware.
"I would like to take this opportunity to thank all those who have supported me during my seven years here, but this is not a goodbye for the time being as there is still plenty to play for.
"Saints are back in the top four and this season is far from over. I hope to leave this club in a high and I still believe we have a team that can go all the way."
Director of rugby Jim Mallinder added: "Soane has been a big part of the squad throughout my time at the Saints.
"He has shown consistency and durability in one of the toughest positions on the field and will go down as one of the best props to play for the club, not least with 200-plus appearances under his belt.
"Soane is moving on as an individual and we will move on as a club, and now that the speculation regarding his future is over we can all put our focus on ending the season in style and getting into the Aviva Premiership play-offs."