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Saints sign prop Oisín Heffernan from Nottingham

Northampton Saints can today confirm the signing of prop Oisín Heffernan from Nottingham Rugby.

The 26-year-old tighthead joins the Club immediately from the Championship outfit on a permanent deal and began training at Franklin’s Gardens this morning.

English-qualified Heffernan originally hails from Clifden Galway in the west of Ireland, but came through the Leinster Rugby Schools set-up before making three appearances in the Pro14 for the senior side.

During his time in Leinster’s Academy, the 118kg, 6’1” prop was selected to represent Ireland U20s for two seasons, making 20 appearances for his country across the U20 Six Nations and Junior World Championship competitions.

Heffernan also spent time in Australia playing in Queensland’s Premier Rugby competition before signing for Nottingham back in 2018 where he made 44 appearances and scored three tries.

“Oisín has been a standout performer in the Championship for a couple of years now, and we’re delighted to be able to bring him into the Club immediately,” said Saints scrum coach, Matt Ferguson.

“He was in the Championship ‘Dream Team’ last season, and when we’ve had scrummaging sessions with Nottingham in the past, we’ve had a good look at him and he performed well against the group of props we already have in place at Saints.

“He understands the style of rugby we want to play, and he’s a really good fit for us because as well as being a strong set piece man, he also wants to contribute to the wider game – so he’s really in the Saints mould of front-row forwards.”

Matt Ferguson, Saints scrum coach

Heffernan added: “I’m really excited for the opportunity to join Northampton Saints and make the step up into the Premiership for the first time in my career.

“There are a quality group of tightheads already in place at Franklin’s Gardens and I hope I can learn from them and also challenge for a place in the team in the weeks ahead. I can’t wait to get started.”