Kieran Brookes switches to Wasps from Northampton Saints

Kieran Brookes has played 16 Tests for England
Kieran Brookes has played 16 Tests for England

Wasps have confirmed the signing of England international Kieran Brookes from Premiership rival Northampton Saints ahead of the 2018/19 season.

Brookes made his debut with Fylde in 1999 and in 2009 he signed his first professional rugby contract with Newcastle Falcons. His switch to Leicester Tigers came in 2011 before he rejoined the Falcons in 2015 for a second stint. In between the two, he also had a loan stint with Doncaster Knights.

The former England Under20's association with Northampton Saints came in 2015 and he helped the team seal a European Champions Cup berth for the 2017/18 season.

“I am looking forward to joining Wasps and working with Dai and the staff there.

“There are also plenty of players I already have experience of playing with for England.

“Wasps have done well in recent seasons and hopefully I can play a part as the club tries to push on to the next level.

“I’ve enjoyed my time at Saints, and would like to thank the players, staff and fans for all their support."

Brookes also played for England 16 times since his debut in 2014 but his last appearance with the red rose team came during March 2016.

Wasps director of rugby Dai Young is delighted with the signing of Brookes.

“Kieran is a proven operator at Premiership and international level over a number of years.

“He is a good addition to our squad, and adds to a pool of props which mixes experience with some fast-developing younger players.

“As we all know, having a solid set-piece is a crucial component in a successful team. Kieran’s arrival will further boost us in this area, and he also offers plenty around the park both with ball in hand and defensively.”