Northampton Saints have signed England forward Nick Isiekwe on a season-long loan deal from Premiership champions Saracens.

Isiekwe came through the Saracens academy and made his international debut in England's tour or Argentina in 2017.

Saints moved for Isiekwe following Sarries' relegation to the Championship for breaking salary cap rules.

The 21-year-old will compete with the likes of Courtney Lawes for a second row starting spot at Franklin's Gardens, and is also capable of playing in the back row.

“We’re very excited to bring in Nick for a year at Franklin’s Gardens. We had a unique opportunity to welcome one of the rising stars of English rugby to our group," Saints Director of Rugby Chris Boyd said.

"He is still a young player but will bring significant Premiership, European and Test experience, as well as some real power, to our pack.

“Having spoken to Nick on numerous occasions now, I know that he’ll be 100% committed to the club and completely immerse himself on our culture. I’m sure he’ll savour his time here, enjoy his rugby and be welcomed by Northampton’s supporters."