Northampton Saints have signed Samoan full back Fa’atoina Autagavaia as cover for injured pair Ben Foden and James Wilson.
The 25-year-old has been allowed to join the Saints under the injury dispensation rule and will bring crucial international experience having amassed eight caps for his country.
Speaking to the club's offical webiste, Director of Rugby Jim Mallinder said that the arrival of Autagavaia will provide a welcome boost for his squad.
“Fa'atoina has shown over the past 18 months that he has the ability to succeed at international level."
"We are confident that he'll be able to fit in, especially alongside the Pisi brothers and Kahn Fotuali'i."
“With Ben Foden and James Wilson both out of action we’re a bit light at full back, so Fa’atoina will add to our strength in depth in what is a crucial position.”
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