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Northampton Saints Confirm Signing Of Wallaby ‘Big T’ Naiyaravoro

It’s been a season to forget for the Northampton Saints. They have seriously struggled in the Aviva Premiership this season with just five wins to their name after 14 games played. 

They lie third from bottom, just three points clear of Worcester Warriors and their European form has been dreadful, too, as they finished rock-bottom of Pool 2 of the Champions Cup behind ASM Clermont Auvergne, Saracens and the Ospreys.

So it’s very much the case of looking forward at Franklin’s Gardens, especially with Super Rugby winning coach, Chris Boyd, taking the reins at the Saints next August. The club have confirmed the arrival of Dan Biggar for next season and today, they announced the signing of two-times capped Wallaby Taqele ‘Big T’ Naiyaravoro.

Naiyaravoro will come to Franklin’s Gardens once he finishes this year’s Super Rugby campaign for the NSW Waratahs. The 26-year-old who weighs in at 126kg played for the Glasgow Warriors during the 2015/16 season and also featured for the Barbarians last year.

“I’m thrilled to be able to return to the UK and join a massive Club in Northampton Saints,” Naiyaravoro told the club’s official site.

“The squad is already filled with talent and I can’t wait to arrive and try to develop further as a player.

“The Club is heading in a really exciting direction with the likes of Chris Boyd and Dan Biggar arriving next year, and I hope I can be a part of a push for more silverware at Franklin’s Gardens.”

Technical coaching consultant, Alan Gaffney, is excited about the signing:

“Taqele Naiyaravoro is an immense talent and we feel that he can really fulfil his sizeable potential at Saints,” he commented.

“He clearly boasts the physical attributes to cause teams a lot of problems in the Aviva Premiership and in Europe – and he showed that during his time with Glasgow.

“Taqele already has a relationship with Rob Horne having played with him at the Waratahs and I’m sure he will make a massive impact when he slots into the back-line next year.”

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Author: Sean McMahon

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