Transfer News: Saints complete trio of signings, including England star

Northampton Saints has today confirmed the signings of Ryan Olowofela, Lewis Bean and Karl Garside ahead of the 2019/20 season.

Forwards Bean and Garside have impressed director of rugby Chris Boyd while appearing as guest players during Northampton Wanderers’ Premiership Rugby Shield campaign, and are already training full-time with the Club while continuing to play for Moseley and Ampthill respectively.

Meanwhile, electric winger Olowofela is currently plying his trade on the World Rugby Sevens Series with England, and will arrive at Franklin’s Gardens this summer in time for preseason.

“Ryan, Lewis and Karl are obviously very different players, but we believe they are great acquisitions for us and are confident all three will make a significant impact next year,” said Boyd.

“Karl caught our eye earlier this season while some of our other tightheads were injured and he took his opportunity superbly, and Lewis has also been really impressive – as you might expect of a serviceman, his work rate and attitude are top class.

“Ryan seems to be going from strength to strength with England Sevens so we are really excited to get him into our environment and see what he can do in XVs footy; clearly he is a high-skill player with bags of pace, so I’m sure he can be a supporter favourite here at the Gardens.”

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