All Blacks: Northampton Saints confirm Matt Proctor signing

One-test All Blacks Matt Proctor.
One-test All Blacks Matt Proctor. Photo credit: Photosport

All Blacks and Hurricanes centre Matt Proctor will leave New Zealand at the end of the 2019 Super Rugby season to join English club Northampton, the club has announced

The 26-year-old, who can also play at wing and fullback, worked under Saints boss Chris Boyd at the Hurricanes, winning the Super Rugby title in 2016.

He went onto make his All Blacks debut against Japan in November, where he scored a try in his only match for New Zealand.

Proctor said he can't wait to work alongside Boyd once more.

"I am excited to have signed for such a prestigious club in Northampton Saints. For a long time now, I have had the ambition of testing myself in the northern hemisphere and for so many reasons Northampton is a great fit for me.

"Not only will I have the opportunity to be coached again by Chris Boyd - the person I have worked with the most as a professional player - but I will also have the honour of joining a club that is steeped in tradition and boasts a rich history of success.

"The club and I share the same goals in wanting to achieve as much success as possible on the pitch, while also contributing to the wider rugby community off the field; so overall I am thrilled to be heading to Franklin's Gardens."

Boyd echoed Proctor's comments.

"Matt is exactly the calibre of player that we want to be bringing to Northampton - he's a world-class talent," he said.

"I know first-hand what he can do having worked with him back in New Zealand, and I am confident he can slot into our back-line next year alongside the quality players we already have at Saints.

"At 26, Matt is entering the peak years of his career, and he had the desire for a new challenge on this side of the world. We feel that he can really fill his vast potential here in Northampton."

Former All Blacks prop Ben Franks is also contracted to the club, along with former North Harbour duo Ken Pisi and Nafi Tuitavake.

Saints are ninth in the Premiership, with Proctor their first new signing for the 2019-20 campaign.

The club were also interested in fellow All Blacks centre Ryan Crotty, but according to French publication RugbyRama, the 30-year-old is set to sign for the Kubota Spears in the Japan Top League.

Meanwhile, the Hurricanes have extended the contracts of young hooker Asafo Aumua and wing Salesi Rayasi.

The pair, have committed to the club through until at least the end of the 2021 Super Rugby season.