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Northampton Saints: South Africa flanker Heinrich Brussow to join Premiership club in January 2018

Heinrich Brussow’s last appearance for the Springboks came against Argentina two years ago

Northampton Saints have signed South Africa forward Heinrich Brussow for the second half of the season.

The 31-year-old flanker, who has 23 caps for the Springboks, will arrive at Franklin’s Gardens in January.

He has played Super Rugby for Cheetahs but has been with Docomo Red Hurricanes in Japan for the last two years.

“Heinrich has shown his class year in, year out, and we’re delighted that he has decided to join us,” said Saints director of rugby Jim Mallinder.

“After the sudden departure of Louis Picamoles we have been looking for the right player to add to our squad, in terms of quality, experience and character, and we believe that Heinrich is the right person to bring to Franklin’s Gardens.”

Full details of Brussow’s contract with Saints have not been disclosed.

“The reputation of the Saints as a team speaks for itself and I want to play my best possible rugby and hopefully contribute to winning a few trophies,” he told the club website.