Centre earns praise from Saints coach
Northampton Saints boss Chris Boyd has hailed centre Rory Hutchinson for taking his big opportunity at Franklin's Gardens this year.
Boyd has been hugely impressed with the 23-year-old's form although he believes Hutchinson still has some way to go before becoming the finished article.
Hutchinson, who came through the Saints Academy but has often been blighted by injury, has this week been named Gallagher Premiership player of the month for February.
Boyd said: "I had a chat to Rory earlier this week and I thought he'd been here for three or four years, but he's been here for five and he's had a pretty horrid run with injuries over a long period of time and hasn't been able to get himself going.
"On the back of being injured he hasn't had opportunities, so it's been a frustrating time for him.
"This year looked like it was going to shape up the same way because he was injured for long periods of time at the start. When I came here in pre-season he was injured and in the early part of the season.
"But a little window of opportunity opened up for Hutch and in the past month it's fair to say he's made the most of his opportunities and he's played pretty well."
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