Northampton Saints have announced the double-signing of Shaun Adendorff and Danny Hobbs-Awoyemi. Back-row Adendorff signs from French side Aurillac while loosehead prop Hobbs-Awoyemi rejoins the Sains after four seasons with London Irish.

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Adendorff previously had spells with the Vodacom Bulls and Currie Cup side Vodacom Blue Bulls before making the switch the France two years ago.

The 28-year-old was nominated for the IRB Junior Player of the Year in 2012 after his starring role for the South Africa Under-20s as they won a first Junior World Championship.

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“I’m really excited about a new challenge in England and to test myself at the very highest level of Northern Hemisphere rugby,” Adendorff said.

“It is an honour for me to sign for Northampton Saints; the club has great pedigree having enjoyed a lot of success in recent years and the team is playing really good rugby – so I hope to make a big impact and win some silverware at Franklin’s Gardens.”

Hobbs-Awoyemi, 26, came through Northampton’s Academy system and won back-to-back Junior World Championships with the England Under-20s in 2013 and 2014.

“I can’t wait to get started again at the club I supported as a boy and where it all began for me professionally.

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“I still have a lot of close friends at Saints, and everything I’ve heard from them about the club really excites me.

“The Club now is very different to the club I left in 2016, but I’m confident I can slot back in easily and hit the ground running.

“I’m looking forward to playing for Chris Boyd and the rest of the coaches within such a tight-knit playing group, but also relishing the prospect of getting back out in front of my home crowd – rugby supporters in Northampton are the best around and I’m excited to have them behind me again.”

Hobbs-Awoyemi is expected to report for training next week, while coronavirus restrictions mean that Adendorff will not arrive at Franklin’s Gardens until he can safely make the journey from France.

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