Aviva Premiership Rugby Football Union club the Northampton Saints have pulled off a transfer coup by securing the services of young South African centre Pat Howard for the 2015/16 season.
The 23 year old will join the English giants from South African Super Rugby club the Stormers. He also had spells with the Stormers’ feeder club Western Province, where he won the prestigious Currie Cup as well as with Munster in Ireland for whom he played in both the European Rugby Champions Cup as well as the Guinness Pro 12, earning a lot of plaudits for his performances.
He returned to Cape Town at the beginning of the Super Rugby tournament to turn out for the Stormers but will cut short his spell with the side and move north and England to link up with the Northampton Saints for the upcoming season of the Aviva Premiership, the LV=Cup and the European Rugby Champions Cup.
Howard said that the move came about for him in the right time and he is looking to add a lot more experience of playing in Europe to his name. He added that he really enjoyed his short spell in Europe with Munster earlier this year and when the Saints began to show interest in his services, it was hard for him to decline.
According to Howard, it is a great opportunity for him to join a great club where he will also get the chance to develop further as a player.
Jim Mallinder, the Director of Rugby at the Northampton Saints said that the addition of Howard is a shrewd piece of business for the club. He is a young player who has shown a lot of promise at the different competitions he has played and the club was impressed enough to sign him up.