Northampton Saints have signed South African scrum-half Cobus Reinach ahead of next season.
The 27-year-old will move to Franklin's Gardens from Durban-based club, The Sharks, in the summer.
Reinach, who has 10 caps for the Springboks to date, scored a try against England at Twickenham in 2014.
Reinach is the second Southern Hemisphere international to commit his future to the Saints, with Australian Rob Horne also due to join the club in the off-season.
I’m delighted and excited to be joining Northampton.
It is a club with a long tradition and strong values and I’m really looking forward to playing at Franklin’s Gardens and being in their environment.
Saints have some outstanding players in their squad and I knew after speaking with the coaches that it was a club that I wanted to play for.
Director of Rugby Jim Mallinder admitted he was delighted to have secured Reinach's signature and added that the Saints have been monitoring his progress closely for quite a while.
“Cobus is an excellent player and we’re looking forward to having him at Franklin’s Gardens next season,” he said.
“We have been watching him for some time and he has proven time and again what a quality player he is. His set piece skills are excellent and he is a very opportunistic scrum half."
Northampton Saints flanker Tom Wood will have to settle for a place on the bench again when England face Italy on Sunday.
Wasps' James Haskell has been preferred at openside, replacing Jack Clifford who started against the win against Wales.
Haskell is one of four changes to the starting XV, with Danny Care, Ben Te'o and Jonny May also coming in.
Saints hooker Dylan Hartley will captain the side as usual.
England v Italy, RBS Six Nations, Sunday 26 February, 3pm
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It has been a rollercoaster ride at times and while the successes we have had on and off the pitch have been enjoyable, I am also very proud of the way we have come through the low points, too, which have given us the strength to make us the club we are today.
“The Saints supporters are second to none in their passion and desire for us to do well, and we have the best group of sponsors in the league. It has also been an exciting time to be a part of club rugby, which has grown dramatically over the past few seasons.
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The 24-year-old was named in the original starting XV, but has failed a late fitness test.
He will be replaced by Alex Cuthbert who scored two tries in the Six National title decider between the two sides in Cardiff four years ago.
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