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Australia international Rob Horne heading for Northampton

Australia centre Rob Horne will join Northampton Saints next season.

The 27-year-old will swap the Waratahs for the East Midlands next term, in a statement signing from the Saints.

The 33-cap Wallaby became Australia's vice captain in 2016, leaving rugby director Jim Mallinder to predict a bright stint ahead at Saints.

"Rob has played at the highest level of the sport for nearly a decade and we're delighted that he has put pen to paper and agree to come to Franklin's Gardens," said Mallinder.

"He's going to be a real asset for us, both with his quality of play and his leadership experience in what is a crucial position."

Horne was part of Australia's run to the 2015 World Cup final, and has racked up more than 100 appearances for the Sydney-based Waratahs.

"Northampton is a club with a strong history and I look forward to being a part of that at the club," said Horne.

"I'm excited for the journey ahead and experiencing Aviva Premiership and European rugby."

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