Northampton director of rugby Jim Mallinder described Saints back-row Louis Picamoles as one of his best signings for the Premiership club.
Picamoles was superb in a losing effort for France in their Six Nations opener against England at Twickenham at the weekend with his 80-minute effort earning him the official man-of-the-match award.
And Mallinder sang the 31-year-old’s praises who he signed from Toulouse in 2016.
“I think he was absolutely outstanding in that game,” he told the Northampton Chronicle and Echo.
“In a team full of top-class internationals, he really stood out. It just shows how fortunate we are to have a player like Louis. He can do things a lot of other players can’t.
“He is different to other players because he plays very upright, but he certainly knows when to run, when to pass, when to offload.
“I’m looking forward to watching him for the rest of the season.”
Mallinder had little hesitation when asked whether Picamoles is one of his best signings as Saints boss and replied: “He’s definitely up there.
“We want him to keep playing well for us as well as for France.
“Fingers crossed he can stay injury free, have a really good Six Nations and then come back with the rest of our international players and help us push on for the remainder of the season.”