Northampton Saints have announced the signing of Wallabies and Waratahs utility back Rob Horne into the club’s squad ahead of the 2017/18 season.
The 27-year-old has become a mainstay of Australia's backline over the past six years and his signing represents a major coup for the East Midlands club, not least because Horne was the Wallabies’ vice-captain in 2016.
Horne, who while primarily an outside centre is equally comfortable in the 11, 12 and 14 shirts, has considerable big game experience, having represented Australia in two Rugby World Cups and against the British and Irish Lions in 2013 during his 33 caps won to date.
At provincial level Horne has played all his representative career in Sydney with the Waratahs and is the ninth-most capped player for the state with over 100 appearances.
Northampton director of rugby Jim Mallinder says that Horne’s speed, skill, strength and experience will be invaluable as the Saints look to develop in 2017/18 and beyond.
“Rob has played at the highest level of the sport for nearly a decade and we’re delighted that he has put pen to paper and agree to come to Franklin’s Gardens,” he told Northampton Saints' official website.
“He’s going to be a real asset for us, both with his quality of play and his leadership experience in what is a crucial position.”
Horne is looking forward to joining the Saints.
“Northampton is a club with a strong history and I look forward to being a part of that at the club,” he said.
“I’m excited for the journey ahead and experiencing Premiership and European rugby.”