Courtney Lawes stormed onto the international scene and within two years of making his debut in 2009, he had clinched the Investec Man of the Series and represented England at the Rugby World Cup.
Courtney was born in Hackney but raised only a punt away from Franklin's Gardens, the home of the Saints, and earned his first international cap against Australia in November 2009.
He won others against Scotland in March 2010 and Australia at Perth that June before his first start in England's 21-20 success over the Wallabies in Sydney.
His Premiership debut followed a fortnight later off the bench against Harlequins.
Courtney appeared in three Rugby World Cup matches in 2011 including the quarter-final against France but was unavailable for the opening two Six Nations games in 2012 due to a knee injury.
Injuries delayed his next appearance until December 2012 when he played off the bench for the last 13 minutes against the All Blacks at Twickenham.
It was a memorable comeback for the second row too as England beat the All Blacks for the first time in ten matches.
It started his sequence of 16 consecutive Tests leading to his 40th cap in the final World Cup warm-up match against Ireland that England won 21-13 at Twickenham in September 2015.
After early World Cup exit, Courtney made three appearances in the 2016 Six Nations to earn himself a spot on the tour to Australia where he was among the bench replacements that helped to re-energise England in the second Test.
Courtney helped to create the final try for Owen Farrell with a rampaging run against Australia in Melbourne in June 2016 as sealed a 3-0 series victory.
In November 2016, he scored his maiden try for England with impeccable timing when celebrating his 50th cap in 37-21 victory over South Africa.
A selection for the British & Irish Lions in New Zealand followed in June 2017 where he came off the bench in the second Test victory and third Test draw as the tourists came away with a tied series.
He reached the 60-cap landmark in the 30-6 win over Australia at Twickenham In November 2017.
Just like England luminaries Ben Cohen and Steve Thompson, Courtney, who was educated at Moulton College, graduated to Northampton Saints from the Northampton Old Scouts rugby club.
5 points - 1T
2009 A(R) 2010 S(R), A(1R,2), NZ, A, Sam, SA 2011 W, I World Cup - Arg, S, F(R) 2012 W(R), NZ(R) 2013 S(R), I(R), F, It(R), W(R), Arg (1R,2R), A, Arg, NZ 2014 F, S, I, W, It, NZ (2R,3), NZ, SA, Sam, A 2015 S, F, F, I World Cup - Fj, W 2016 S(R), It, I(R), W, A(1R,2R,3R) SA, Fj, Arg, A 2017 F, W, It, S, I, Arg, A, Sam(R) 2018 It, W, S, F
Lions: 2017 NZ(2R,3R)
Last updated: 2 April 2018