George North has hailed ‘father figure’ Christian Day following the Saints lock’s England Saxons call-up.
Day, along with Alex Waller and Lee Dickson, who will captain the Saxons, has been named in the squad to take on the Ireland Wolfhounds in Cork on January 30.
It is just reward for the consistency the 31-year-old has shown since joining Saints from Stade Francais in 2008.
He was voted players’ player of the year at Franklin’s Gardens last season and North has nothing but praise for his influential team-mate.
“He’s like the father figure to many of the boys, even though he doesn’t like to say he’s old,” said the Wales wing.
“He’s outstanding. What he does around the park is graft. His set piece work is second to none and his hard work gives us that platform to play off.
“It’s not only in the game, but he also looks into the opposition and sees how we can utilise that in our attack.”