Northampton Saints today announce the signing of Samoa international Brandon Nansen.
— Northampton Saints 😇 (@SaintsRugby) May 28, 2021
The 27-year-old forward, who can line-up at lock or in the back row, will arrive at Franklin’s Gardens from Top14 side Brive ahead of the 2021/22 campaign.
Nansen began his senior career in New Zealand with North Harbour, quickly becoming a regular within their set-up and helping the side claim the Mitre 10 Cup Championship title in 2016.
At 6’6” and 121kg, Nansen’s mobility and aggressive ball-carrying saw him picked up by the Blues for their Super Rugby squad in 2017, before the powerful forward travelled to the Northern Hemisphere and enjoyed stints with Stade Français and Dragons ahead of arriving at Brive in the summer of 2020.
After representing New Zealand Schoolboys back in 2011, Nansen elected to represent Samoa at international level and made his debut in 2017 as he lined up against Romania in Bucharest.
He has featured twice more since for Samoa, and Northampton’s Director of Rugby, Chris Boyd, is delighted to be adding another high-potential player to his squad.