Saints sign Samoa full-back

Northampton have confirmed the signing of Samoa international Fa'atoina Autagavaia to cover for the loss of Ben Foden.

The full-back has made eight appearances for Samoa since making his debut in the summer of 2012, and he featured in the autumn internationals against Ireland and Georgia.

Autagavaia caught the eye against Wales in November last year, running in a try in the opening minute to set up a stunning upset victory at the Millennium Stadium.

The 25-year-old has also played for Northland in the 2013 ITM Cup, and he joins the Saints under the injury dispensation rule with Foden sidelined by a knee injury and James Wilson also unavailable due to a calf problem.

Northampton director of rugby Jim Mallinder said: "Fa'atoina has shown over the past 18 months that he has the ability to succeed at international level.

"So we are confident that he'll be able to fit in at Franklin's Gardens, especially alongside the Pisi brothers and Kahn Fotuali'i.

"With Ben Foden and James Wilson both out of action we're a bit light at full back, so Fa'atoina will add to our strength in depth in what is a crucial position."