Courtnall Skosan, a South African international winger, “will contribute something distinctive” to Northampton Saints’ back three, according to their director of rugby Chris Boyd.
The 30-year-old, who won the last of his 12 Springbok appearances in 2017, joined the Lions, for whom he appeared in Super Rugby and the Currie Cup over 100 times.
Chester Williams, the late Springbok icon and 1995 World Cup-winning winger, was the first to notice his potential.
“Courtnall is obviously a winger with a sharp turn of pace and a great degree of athleticism,” Boyd said in a club release. “But he also brings a fantastic work rate and is well suited to the toughness of the Premiership.”
“He has extensive international rugby experience with South Africa and Super Rugby experience with the Lions.
“We’re excited to bring him to Northampton ahead of the new season because we know he’ll provide something special to our back three.”
Skosan said he was looking forward to a fresh challenge after winning the Currie Cup with the Lions in 2015 and reaching the Super Rugby final three years in a row from 2016 to 2018.
““I’m ecstatic to be embarking on a new experience in England with the Northampton Saints,” Skosan stated.
“It’s a club with a long history of success, having won two of the world’s top championships, the Premiership and the Champions Cup, and I’ve heard nothing but excellent things about playing at Franklin’s Gardens.
“I’m looking forward to getting over to Northampton and getting right to work with such a talented bunch of players and coaches.”