Italian wrestler Colum Brayley signed to Northampton Saints before the 2022/23 season after moving from Benetton, Italy.
Braille, who was born in Bristol, has played club rugby for Benetton Rugby since 2020, following the path of the Bristol Bears in 2012 and then spent six years at Gloucester from 2014 to 2020.
The 27-year-old footballer boasts 13 matches for the Italian national team and is currently part of the six-nation team of Kieran Crowley. Brayley qualifies in azure through his grandfather.
Braley said Northampton Saints website: “I am very happy to sign with a huge club in Northampton Saints and return to the Gallagher Premier League.”
“My experience in Italy has been fantastic and I feel I have grown as a person and a player, but I am ready to go back to England and fight for silver with the Saints.
“Northampton players are invited to prove themselves on the field, and I like the way the team plays. I realized that Franklin’s Gardens has a great environment to develop as a player, and interesting times lie ahead with a coaching team that was set up for next season.
“I remember how passionate Northampton fans have been since I played in the Premier League, and I hope to be proud of them if I wear a black, green and gold jersey next season.”
Hailing from St Mary’s Old Boys RFC north of Bristol, Brayley has traveled both the Bristol Bears Academy and England’s age groups to the U20. Brayley won the 2014 England U20 national team at the Junior World Cup, where they successfully defended their crown.
In 2014, Brayley moved to West Country on Gloucester Rugby and received over a century of appearances for Cherry & Whites.
His form at Kingsholm led to his selection for Italy ahead of the 2019 Rugby World Cup – Braley made his international debut in a warm-up match against Ireland before appearing twice in Japan against Canada and South Africa.
Moving to Italy with the United Ragby Championship Benetton Rugby attracted, and Braley moved to Treviso in 2020 to play at his rugby club with a number of his international teammates, and there he was part of a team that won a sudden victory over ” Bulls “. in the final of the Pro14 Rainbow Cup 2021 – the first historic success in the international competition of any Italian club.
Saints’ Attack coach Sam Vesti added: “Callum is the one who really impressed us with his all-round quality. His basics are strong and his ability to lift the ball and move fast is consistent with the way we play.
“He also has excellent leadership qualities, plays at the highest level internationally and boasts experience in several leagues.
“So we’re sure he can add a lot to our young group of skirmishes that are already pushing each other to constantly improve.”