Northampton Saints on Monday confirmed that Juarno Augustus has put pen to paper on a new contract with the club, despite an initial agreement that he would return to the DHL Stormers.

The influential No 8 has become a fixture in the first team at Franklin’s Gardens, making 45 appearances and scoring 13 tries so far in the black, green and gold in the two seasons since his arrival in 2021.

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Before arriving in Northampton, Augustus made his senior debut in the Currie Cup for Western Province and progressed to play for the Stormers in Super Rugby.

When the two-year deal that saw Augustus move to England was first made, the Stormers expected him to return to the Western Cape in 2023, but the 2016 Junior World Player of the Year has decided to stay with Northampton.

“For me it was an incredibly easy decision to stay at Saints,” Augustus told the Northampton Saints website.

“I’m also really enjoying my rugby in Northampton. I’m involved with the team almost every week, and we play with a style which really suits my game too. I know that my game has improved so much since I’ve come over thanks to the coaches, staff and players here.

“For the last two years we have come within a couple of games of winning the Premiership, and one hundred percent I think with the squad we have, we can go even further in the coming years. We just have to believe in ourselves and keep on improving.

“The club’s supporters are incredible – it’s a massive part of wanting to stay in Northampton as well. The stadium is full every week, the pitch is the best in the league, so I love playing at the Gardens and I can’t wait to continue.”

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