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London Irish sign Saints and Scotland centre Joe Ansbro

Joe Ansbro
Ansbro made his debut for Scotland in November against South Africa.

Northampton's Scotland centre Joe Ansbro will join London Irish this summer after signing a three-year deal.

Irish head coach Toby Booth said: "His versatility on the field makes him a valuable to asset to have on board and further boosts our strength in depth.

"He's quick, powerful with a great future ahead and will fit in nicely."

Ansbro, who has made 15 appearances for Northampton this season, is due to win his third Scotland cap in Saturday's Six Nations opener against France.

Ansbro, who joined Northampton's academy in 2006 while also studying Natural Sciences at Cambridge University, made 65 appearances for the Saints, scoring 18 tries.

"I have thoroughly enjoyed my time at Northampton and would like to thank Jim Mallinder and all his coaching staff for what they have done for me," said Glasgow-born Ansbro.

"However it is time for a new challenge at London Irish and I am very much looking forward to it.

"Toby Booth has a terrific coaching record at Irish and is someone I look forward to working with."



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