Courtney Lawes (born 23 February 1989 in Hackney, England) is a professional rugby player for Northampton Saints, who play in the Aviva Premiership. Lawes is a versatile player, and can play either in the second or back row. Lawes grew up near Northampton. Lawes is a product of Northampton Old Scouts, the same club that produced his former team mate Rob Milligan as well as Ben Cohen and Steve Thompson, amongst others. Lawes has won England representative honours for the U18 and U20 sides and won his first senior cap against Australia in November 2009.
He toured Australia with England Under 18s in 2007 and made his Saints first team debut against Esher in National One in the 2007–08 season. He missed out on the 2008 U20s Six Nations through injury but featured in the IRB Junior World Championship that year.
On 7 July, Lawes was selected for the England Saxons squad. On 26 October, Lawes received his first call-up to the England Rugby Elite Squad. He made his England debut on 7 November in the 18–9 defeat against Australia at Twickenham, replacing Leicester's Louis Deacon for the last 12 minutes of the match.