Northampton Saints have confirmed the signing of England lock Nick Isiekwe on loan from Saracens for the 2020/21 season.
Isiekwe started his career with National League side Old Albanian in 2011 but went on to link up with Saracens in 2015 and has made over 50 appearances in the Premiership for the side.
Having represented England at Under 16, Under 17 and Under 18 levels, the 22-year-old was part of the England Under 20 side that competed in the 2017 Six Nations Under 20 Championship. His Test debut for England came during the summer tour of Argentina in 2017 and has played three games with his last appearance coming in June 2018.
“We’re very excited to bring in Nick for a year at Franklin’s Gardens,” he said. “We had a unique opportunity to welcome one of the rising stars of English rugby to our group," said Northampton Saints director of rugby Chris Boyd.
“Nick will add competition across both the engine room and the back row, complimenting the quality group of players we already have in those areas and adding balance.
“He is still a young player but will bring significant Premiership, European and Test experience, as well as some real power, to our pack.
“Having spoken to Nick on numerous occasions now, I know that he’ll be 100% committed to the Club and completely immerse himself on our culture. I’m sure he’ll savour his time here, enjoy his rugby and be welcomed by Northampton’s supporters.
“Not only will he add value to our squad, but I hope we can help him improve and reach his goal of playing regular international rugby.”