Northampton Saints have confirmed the signing of South African number eight Juarno Augustus ahead of the 2021/22 season.
Augustus made his professional rugby debut with provincial side Western Province in 2017 and in the same year went on to make his Super Rugby debut for Stormers.
He has also represented South Africa Under 20 during the 2017 World Rugby Under-20 Championship in Georgia where he went on to win the Player of the Tournament Award scoring seven tries in the competition.
The 23-year-old will link up with the Saints during their pre-season campaign in July.
“I am really excited to have the opportunity to join a Club full of pedigree in Northampton Saints,” he told in a statement released by the club.
“It is a club known across the world for its history of success in the Premiership and in Europe, and their current squad is clearly filled with talent, so I can’t wait to get to Northampton and get started with the group.
“Any South African player wants to test themselves in the Northern Hemisphere and develop as a player – and I am no different.
"I’ve also heard great things about Franklin’s Gardens and the Club’s dedicated supporters, so I hope I can contribute towards some success and silverware for them.”
Northampton Saints director of rugby Chris Boyd is excited about the prospect of having the 6’2” number eight in the side next season.
“We’re really excited to be bringing Juarno into our group, as his level of talent is clear to see.
“Juarno is already big and powerful, and we believe that if he can add the right combination of work rate, skill and game understanding to his CV, he has all the attributes he needs to thrive in European rugby.
“At just 23 years old, Juarno still has many years ahead of him to learn his craft, and I’m looking forward to seeing his progress within our set-up here at Franklin’s Gardens.”
Northampton are positioned fifth in the Gallagher Premiership table after winning 10 games from 18 games and will face Newcastle Falcons next in the 19th round at Kingston Park on 18th May.