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Northampton Saints land Australian international Horne

Rob Horne has signed for Northampton Saints. Credit: PA

Northampton Saints have signed Australian international Rob Horne.

The 27-year-old will join up with the club next season, bringing to an end a nine-year stay with the NSW Waratahs.

Outside centre Horne has 33 caps for his country and was named as the Wallabies' vice-captain in 2016.

Rob has played at the highest level of the sport for nearly a decade and we’re delighted that he has put pen to paper and agree to come to Franklin’s Gardens.

He’s going to be a real asset for us, both with his quality of play and his leadership experience in what is a crucial position.

– Jim Mallinder, Northampton Saints director of Rugby

Horne himself said that he was looking forward to the next stage of his career in England and trying to help his new team push on in the Aviva Premiership.

“Northampton is a club with a strong history and I look forward to being a part of that at the club,” Horne said.

"I’m excited for the journey ahead and experiencing Aviva Premiership and European rugby.”

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England and Hartley target more Six Nations glory

The Six Nations gets underway later, with England looking to defend the title they won in such impressive fashion a year ago.

The Red Rose, led by Northampton Saints hooker Dylan Hartley, are unbeaten in 14 matches and host France at Twickenham live on ITV this evening.

Louis Picamoles will line up for the French, while fellow Saints star George North will have to wait until tomorrow for his first appearance of the tournament when Wales travel to Italy.

England v France, Six Nations, Saturday 4 February, 16:50, live on ITV

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