Northampton Saints has announced the arrival of David Ribbans at Franklin’s Gardens.
A 21-year-old England-qualified second row forward, Ribbans – who at 6ft 8in tall and 116kg is an imposing physical presence – joins the Saints from South African outfit Western Province.
Ribbans had a rapid rise through the ranks in Cape Town, helping their Under-19s win the Provincial Championship before making his first class debut in the Vodacom Cup in 2015, and then being included in the Stormers’ Super Rugby squad in 2016 and be named as Western Province’s Young Forward of the Year.
Director of rugby Jim Mallinder believes that the Saints have brought in a player with a lot of potential.
“David is a player who has the potential to have a successful rugby career,” he said. “He is a big man who is also very athletic and has a good understanding of the game. We’re looking forward to seeing him develop here at Franklin’s Gardens.”