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Northampton sign prop Paul Doran-Jones from Gloucester

Paul Doran-Jones
Doran-Jones made 37 appearances for Gloucester

Northampton Saints have signed prop forward Paul Doran-Jones from Premiership rivals Gloucester.

The 25-year-old, who is currently in the England elite squad preparing for the Six Nations, will join the Saints for the 2011/12 season.

"It's always been tough playing against the Saints," said Doran-Jones.

"They have got a history of having a strong pack and it will be great to be part of the squad at Franklin's Gardens," he added.

"I'm looking forward to getting in and training with the boys. I've been with a few of them with England and the banter is starting already.

"The likes of Dylan Hartley and Courtney Lawes and the other guys like Soane Tonga'uiha and Brian Mujati have done really well this season and I want to be part of that.

"Gloucester has been a great club for me. It's tough to leave a place where I had my chance. The clubs are similar with great followings and histories and Kingsholm will always be a special place for me."

Doran-Jones joined Gloucester from London Welsh in 2009 and was drafted into England's squad for the autumn internationals that year, making his debut as a replacement against Argentina at Twickenham.


"Paul is a quality prop who has the added benefit of playing on either side of the scrum," added Northampton director of rugby Jim Mallinder.

"As we prepare for a tough Premiership and European campaign we need players who are flexible enough to play in a variety of positions, and to have props like Paul, Tom Mercey and Mujati who can play at tight and loose-head will only be good for the Saints squad."

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see also
Gloucester offer deals to key men
18 Jan 11 |  Gloucester
Doran-Jones called up by England
09 Nov 09 |  English

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