Piers Francis signed for The Blues after impressing at Counties Manukau

Northampton Saints have signed fly-half Piers Francis from New Zealand Super League side Auckland Blues.

English-born Francis moved to New Zealand in 2009 after three years in Saracens’ development academy.

The 26-year-old, who has also played for Edinburgh, will join up with Saints ahead of the 2017-18 season.

He told the club website: