Dom Barrow: Leicester lock joins Stade Rochelais prior to Northampton Saints move
Lock Dom Barrow has left Leicester Tigers to move to French side Stade Rochelais on a short-term deal and will join Premiership club Northampton Saints next season.
The 25-year-old has not played for the first team this year, with his only appearance coming in the A league.
Barrow, who joined Tigers from Newcastle in 2015, has struggled with a neck injury this season.
His contract has been terminated early and moves to France as injury cover.
Speaking of his transfer to Saints, Barrow told Northampton's club website: "Chris Boyd's appointment [as director of rugby] was key to my decision and it seems to have generated a lot of positive energy at Saints.
"It's obvious that there's a huge focus on putting things right for next year and challenging for honours - I can't wait to play my part."
Meanwhile, a deal to keep assistant coach Geordan Murphy at Welford Road has been agreed but not yet signed.
The 39-year-old held talks with Cardiff Blues about their head coach position in December last year.
Murphy said: "It was flattering to be associated with a role like that. But I am quite happy with where I am at. I feel like I am developing and learning here.
"I am enjoying myself and am hopefully going to be around here for another couple of years.
"The contract is not signed but has been agreed."