Northampton Saints sign Glenn Dickson & Rob Verbakel

Glenn Dickson

Northampton Saints have signed New Zealand pair Glenn Dickson and Rob Verbakel from Otago for next season.

Back Dickson, 26, captained the New Zealand club to ITM Cup success last year and has been a proven kicker in his five years at the province.

Verbakel, a 25-year-old lock, had a season in the Rabo Direct Pro12 with Glasgow during the 2011-12 campaign.

"I'm well aware of Saints from my time at Glasgow and I'm looking forward to being a part of their squad," he said.

"They have a reputation for having one of the best packs in Europe and I'm sure I'm going to learn a lot.

"But they also like to play expansive rugby when they get a chance and have plenty of ambition."

Dickson, who can play at fly-half or centre, added: "I'm expecting the Premiership to be really tough and physical every single game.

"To try and get onto the pitch for Saints will be a challenge in itself, but I'm looking forward to it."

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