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Northampton Reportedly Targeting South African Half-Back Duo

NORTHAMPTON, ENGLAND - MAY 23: Jim Mallinder, the Northampton director of rugby looks on during the Aviva Premiership play off semi final match between Northampton Saints and Saracens at Franklin's Gardens on May 23, 2015 in Northampton, England. (Photo by David Rogers/Getty Images)

With Northampton continuing to underwhelm in the Premiership, currently languishing in eighth place, the club are reportedly looking to add some big names in the coming months.

Sharks and South African pair Pat Lambie and Cobus Reinach are top of the list, according to a Johannesburg newspaper Rapport.

They claim Jim Mallinder’s side have a long-standing interest in the latter while missing out on JJ Hanrahan expedited their move for Lambie. Hanrahan agreed to return to Munster in recent weeks.

The club are supposedly willing to cough up some serious figures to bring the pair to Franklin’s Gardens and with the international experience of the duo, and Lambie in particular, they’re hot property in both hemispheres.

Pat Lambie of South Africa

The report adds that the Sharks higher-ups won’t prevent any move should the half-backs wish to leave. In the case of Durban-born Lambie, any negotiations will have to include SA Rugby as he is still contracted to them.

The out-half made his debut for the Springboks against Ireland in November 2010 and has amassed over 50 caps since. Reinach, meanwhile, has lined out nine times for his country following his 2014 debut, a feat not to be scoffed at considering the depth at scrum-half for the Boks.

Rory Murphy, Pundit Arena

H/T to SA Rugby Mag

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