Northampton Saints can today announce the signing of up-and-coming South African No.8, Juarno Augustus.
The 23-year-old will arrive at Franklin’s Gardens in July ahead of the men in Black, Green and Gold’s preseason campaign, having represented Currie Cup side Western Province and the Stormers in Super Rugby since 2017.
At 6’2” and 116kg, Augustus is a physical No.8 built for the Gallagher Premiership, with the young battering ram boasting a dynamic and aggressive ball-carrying ability, and showing a knack for scoring tries in heavy traffic throughout his promising career so far.
Affectionately nicknamed ‘trokkie’ (truck) by his Stormers teammates, Augustus was also involved in the Springbok Green vs Springbok Gold invitational match last October.
Augustus was named Player of the Tournament at the 2017 World Rugby Under-20 Championship in Georgia, following an exceptional contribution for South Africa which saw him play 80 minutes and score in all five of the Junior Boks’ matches, finishing with a grand total of seven tries (the most by any player).
And for Saints’ Director of Rugby Chris Boyd, it is the young No.8’s development potential that was the key factor in bringing him to Northampton.
He said: “We’re really excited to be bringing Juarno into our group, as his level of talent is clear to see.
“Juarno is already big and powerful, and we believe that if he can add the right combination of work rate, skill and game understanding to his CV, he has all the attributes he needs to thrive in European rugby.
“At just 23 years old, Juarno still has many years ahead of him to learn his craft, and I’m looking forward to seeing his progress within our set-up here at Franklin’s Gardens.”