Northampton Saints have signed England Saxons centre Dom Waldouck from Aviva Premiership rivals London Wasps.
Waldouck, who's 24, has spent the whole of his rugby career to date with Wasps, winning the Heineken Cup with them in 2007 and the Premiership the following season. He's also worked under Saints Director of Rugby Jim Mallinder while at the National Academy.
“My ambition to play for England is as strong as ever and I believe that playing Heineken Cup rugby for the Saints gives me the best platform to help achieve these goals' Waldouck said.
“This has been a really difficult decision to arrive at but I feel it is right for me at this stage in my career. I first started training with Wasps when I was 15 and the club has played a massive part in my life over the last nine years.
Mallinder says that Waldouck will add depth to the Saints squad in a crucial position.
“Dom has shown his ability repeatedly throughout his career, especially on the big stages such as Heineken Cup and Premiership finals,” he said. “He has a strong all round game and can play in both centre positions. Dom may be young, but he already has a great deal of experience at club level and with the Saxons and I’m sure that his best years are in front of him.
Meanwhile the Saints have six players in England's elite training squad for the forthcoming international rugby season. They include forwards Dylan Hartley, Tom Wood, Courtney Lawes and Phil Dowson, plus scrum half Lee Dickson and full back Ben Foden.
Paul Doran-Jones moves from the senior squad to the Saxons squad, which also includes Calum Clark.