Aviva Premiership
Saints sign Russian flyer
ESPNscrum Staff
March 9, 2011
Russia wing Vasily Artemiev powers forward, South Canterbury v Russia, Alpine Energy Stadium, Timaru, New Zealand, January 21, 2011
Northampton have signed Russian wing Vasily Artemiev © Getty Images

Northampton have announced the signing of highly-rated Russian winger Vasily Artemiev.

The 23-year-old, who is also comfortable at fullback, caught the eye with three tries in Russia's Churchill Cup campaign last season and is set to be a key part of Russia's World Cup plans in New Zealand later this year.

Artemiev will join Northampton from Moscow club VVA-Podmoskovie at the end of the tournament.

"I hope to help some of the younger players in the Russian national team make their way to Europe," Artemiev said.

"They are very keen and are capable of playing at that level, but they've never had the exposure or opportunity. Maybe my playing in England will help their careers as well."

Saints boss Jim Mallinder added: "Vasily really caught the eye during the Churchill Cup last year when he scored three really good tries. He has plenty of pace, awareness and raw talent. He is also eager to develop as a player, and we're looking forward to him being a part of the squad at Franklin's Gardens."

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