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Northampton Saints line up George Pisi for next term

George Pisi
Pisi has played five tests for Samoa, making his debut in June 2010

Northampton Saints have signed Samoa international outside centre George Pisi for next season.

The 24-year-old has played all of his senior rugby in New Zealand, featuring for provincial side North Harbour before joining Taranaki in 2010.

He has represented Super Rugby outfit Blues for the last four years and will spend the rest of the current campaign at French club Clermont Auvergne.

"Northampton is an awesome club," he told the club website.

"I've admired the people who have been through it. It's a great family club and it's a great place for me to start my own family over there."

Pisi, who can also play at full-back, started at outside centre for Samoa against Ireland, England and Scotland during the 2010 autumn internationals.

Although he played for Samoa at centre he is comfortable in a number of positions, which will be good for our squad as a whole

Jim Mallinder

"Playing against Chris Ashton and Ben Foden in the autumn was awesome and it'll be exciting to get the chance to play with them in England," he continued.

"Taranaki have been good to me and it's hard to leave them, but it's an opportunity for me to have a new life in Northampton with my fiance Jessica.

"Hopefully playing at Clermont will be good for me. The more rugby I play the better I get, so when I come back for Taranaki, then hopefully the World Cup with Samoa, I'll be able to hit the ground running when I get to Northampton."

Saints director of rugby Jim Mallinder added: "George has improved a lot over the past year or so and we were impressed with what we've seen of him playing for Samoa in the Autumn and Taranaki in the ITM Cup.

"He's a strong runner who likes to play with the ball in hand and although he played for Samoa at centre he is comfortable in a number of positions, which will be good for our squad as a whole."



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see also
Scotland 19-16 Samoa
27 Nov 10 |  Scottish
England 26-13 Samoa
20 Nov 10 |  Rugby Union
Ireland 20-10 Samoa
13 Nov 10 |  Rugby Union


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