Waratahs wing James Ram will join Premiership outfit Northampton Saints ahead of the 2022/23 season, it was announced on Thursday.
Ramm, who is English-qualifed, has started in 18 of the 20 Super Rugby matches he has played in for the Waratahs and scored a try on his debut for the Sydneysiders in 2020.
Waratahs academy product
A product of the famous Randwick club, who he represented in in the Shute Shield tournament, before making his mark for the Sydney Rays in Australia’s National Rugby Championship and the Waratahs’ Gen Blue Academy.
The 23-year-old represented the Junior Wallabies at the 2018 World Rugby U20s Championship, and is excited by the prospect of turning out at cinch Stadium at Franklin’s Gardens in the Premiership.
“I’m thrilled to be signing for Northampton Saints and to experience playing some footy in a completely different environment over in England,” Ramm told Northampton Saints’ official website.
“The Premiership is one of the most competitive leagues in the world and I’m looking forward to getting over there to show the Club’s supporters what I can do.
“The coaches have a really exciting vision for Saints and the brand of rugby the team plays, so I wanted to get involved as soon as I started talking to them.
“There have been a few guys now who have done great things in Black, Green and Gold having moved over to Northampton from Sydney in recent years. I hope I can follow in their footsteps and make a big impact at the club.”
Ramm is Northampton’s third Australian signing of the season and he will join Queensland Reds duo Lukhan Salakaia-Loto and Angus Scott-Young, who are also set to join the Premiership club at the start of next season.
Saints’ incoming director of rugby, Phil Dowson, feels Ramm’s athleticism will help him thrive in European rugby.
He said: “James is tall, strong, aggressive and talented under the high ball. He’s obviously an impressive athlete given his top-level gymnastics background, but he’s grown into an excellent rugby player over the last few years.
“He’s English-qualified but was on the fringes of the Australia squad last year, and we spoke to Rob Horne at length about him too – he is a big fan of James so he comes to us highly recommended.
“There’s a huge amount of potential for James to develop further given his age as well, and based on his size and ability to dominate in the air, we’re confident he’ll compliment the group of back-three players we already have at the Club really nicely.”
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