Premiership - Northampton sign England prop Corbisiero

Northampton have announced the signing of England prop Alex Corbisiero.

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England's Alex Corbisiero reacts after a defeat to Ireland during the Six Nations rugby union match at the Aviva Stadium in Dublin March 19, 2011

The 24-year-old will move to Franklin's Gardens from London Irish at the end of this season.

He has won 18 Test caps and was part of the England team that beat New Zealand two months ago, but the New York-born forward is currently battling to overcome a knee injury.

Saints also announced new deals for fellow front-rowers Alex Waller and Tom Mercey

"I've really enjoyed my time at London Irish and am grateful for everything that the club has given me," Corbisiero said. "I'm looking forward to what will be a new challenge at Saints next summer.

"There is a great culture and hopefully I can help the team succeed whilst continuing my progression as a player, and I'm sure that Franklin's Gardens will be a good environment for me in that regard."

Saints said the three deals "will bolster the squad's front row options for the 2013/14 season and beyond" without specifying their length .

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