7 Jun, 15:39
ERC can confirm that the Federation Française de Rugby (FFR) has withdrawn its application to host the 2014 Heineken Cup and Amlin Challenge Cup finals, due to the ongoing uncertainty regarding the availability of the Stade de France.
Ward made his Bath first team debut while still a teenager on the biggest stage of all - the Heineken Cup against Leinster - winning the man of the match award in the process. This season he has made appearances in all three competitions Bath have been involved in and scored the match-winning try against Newcastle in November.
Ward is looking forward to the prospect of playing for the Saints.
"It's a great opportunity for me," he said. "Especially to play the style of rugby that Northampton play, and for such a well-supported club.
"I've also played there with England Under 21s so I know that the stadium is fantastic, and having played with the likes of Paul Diggin, Mark Hopley and Dylan Hartley there will be a few familiar faces around."
Saints' head coach Paul Grayson is also excited by the signing.
"Dave is a great young English hooker," he said. "And will put pressure on Dylan next season. With the two of them challenging each other their standards can only go up."