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Northampton Saints snap up Toulon's Tom May

Tom May
May has won two full international caps for England

Northampton have signed utility back Tom May from Top 14 side Toulon ahead of the 2011/12 season.

The 31-year-old, who can play at centre, wing, full-back and fly-half, has spent the past two seasons in France after leaving Newcastle Falcons.

Director of rugby Jim Mallinder said: "Tom has proved his quality in the Premiership and the Top 14.

"He will bring plenty of things to our squad in terms of both his experience and talent in a variety of positions."

Prior to his move to France, May spent a decade with the Falcons, scoring two tries as they beat Harlequins in the 2001 Tetley's Bitter Cup final, before also being part of the team that overcame Sale in the 2004 Powergen Cup final.

His consistent form for Newcastle also earned him England caps at under-21, sevens, Saxons and full international levels.


But after two years away from home, May says he is looking forward to joining Saints - the team he made his Falcons debut against in 1999.

"The experience that my wife and I have had in Toulon was fantastic, but we've been back in England a few times to see family and friends and the opportunity to join Northampton was too good for us to turn down really," he said.

"Everything seems to point to Northampton being the best place for us.

"Seeing Northampton playing a running game is exciting for me, and it will be enjoyable to be a part of a club that likes to play rugby the right way."

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see also
May quits Falcons for French move
21 Apr 09 |  Newcastle
May is happy with fly-half role
12 Feb 09 |  Newcastle
May frustrated by Falcons slump
28 Nov 08 |  Newcastle
May signs new deal with Newcastle
19 Apr 07 |  Newcastle

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