Northampton Saints have announced the signing of France and Toulouse star Louis Picamoles for next season.
Number 8 Picamoles was part of the French World Cup squad which reached the quarterfinals of the Rugby World Cup last month.
He scored in their 13-62 loss against New Zealand in the knockout stages of the tournament.
“It is going to be an honour to become part of a club as prestigious as the Saints. I’m really looking forward to learn more about the club, my future team mates, to play in the Aviva Premiership and to immerse myself in the English culture, especially my first big derby against Leicester!"
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Three Northampton Saints players have been named in the Samoan side to face South Africa at Villa Park on Saturday.
Ken Pisi starts on the wing, while brother George is named among the substitutes. Scrum-half Kahn Fotuali'i also makes the starting fifteen.
Samoa are currently second in Pool B on four points.
England and Northampton Saints player Tom Wood has said the team want to take 'full advantage' of playing their games in front of a home crowd.
The Coventry-born back row will be starting in tonight's game against Fiji at Twickenham.
Midlands players selected for the World Cup squad, and those who missed out, have been tweeting their reaction to today's squad announcement:
Over the moon and unbelievably honoured to be selected in the WC squad! Exciting times ahead!! Thank you for all the messages ???
Emotional day in camp. Couldn't be more proud to make to squad but feel for all those that miss out so narrowly.Thank you for all ur support
Ten players from Northampton Saints, Wasps and Leicester Tigers have been included in Stuart Lancaster's 31 man squad.Read the full story ›
Northampton star Dylan Hartley has been dropped from England's World Cup squad and replaced by the player he headbutted during a game.Read the full story ›
Dylan Hartley has been dropped from England's Rugby World Cup training squad following his ban for headbutting, the Rugby Football Union has announced.
England have dropped combustible hooker Hartley from his squad after his latest misdemeanour, a headbutt on Jamie George.
Northampton front-rower Hartley was handed a four-week ban on Wednesday night after pleading guilty to headbutting George in last weekend's Premiership play-off defeat to Saracens, taking his career suspensions tally to 54 weeks.
England are expected to announce they have dropped Northampton Saints star Dylan Hartley from their Rugby World Cup training squad today, after his latest ban for headbutting Jamie George.
It's understood England head coach Stuart Lancaster will confirm he has dropped combustible hooker Hartley from his squad when announcing the team to face the Barbarians in Sunday's Twickenham clash.
Hartley was handed a four-week ban on Wednesday night after pleading guilty to headbutting George in last weekend's Premiership play-off defeat to Saracens, taking his career suspensions tally to 54 weeks.
Dylan Hartley's World Cup hopes are under severe threat after the England hooker was hit with a four-week ban for headbutting Saracens' Jamie George.
The fiery Northampton hooker's guilty plea in Wednesday's disciplinary hearing may just prove a shrewd enough move however to salvage his World Cup participation.
Hartley will miss England's three World Cup warm-up games and the tournament opener against Fiji at Twickenham on September 18.