Alex Northam

The 23-year-old Australian-born speedster – his time for 100m is 10.69s – who is already playing in the northern hemisphere, arrives at the start of season 2016/17 from west coast French club La Rochelle, where he has been on loan in recent months from Sydney outfit North Harbour Rays. Watch him in action here.

Northam said: “I’m looking forward to joining the club and especially keen to work with Alan. We’ve talked about developing my game and he feels he can really help me.

“The boys here have told me the club’s moving in the right direction and they’ve got a good team atmosphere.

“What am I looking to add to the mix? I’m hoping to bring my speed and pace to the game, to execute and finish on some of the backline plays.”

The former Australian under-20 international, widely regarded as a superb finisher with blistering pace, joins the capital club on the back of five outings for the Top 14 club, including three European fixtures.

Prior to starting the season with the Rays, for whom he touched down on three occasions, Northam spent two seasons with Manly, racking up a total of 21 tries.

Nicknamed Road Runner by a Manly team-mate, he enjoyed a spell in the Australian Sevens programme, including an outing at the 2014 Singapore 7s playing for the Penguins invitational side. Prior to that, in 2011, he was a bronze medal winner in the Commonwealth Youth Games in the Isle of Man with Australia 7s.

He said: “I played soccer until I was about 10 and all my friends changed to play rugby so I went with them, discovered I wasn’t too bad at it and I stuck with it.”

As an Australia under-20 international in 2013 he was in the side edged by Ireland under-20 at the Junior World Cup – Northam bagged a converted try while one of Ireland’s scores came from a young Rory Scholes, also signed to Edinburgh Rugby for next season.


Penalty goals
Drop goals
D.O.B.: 04/03/93
Place of birth:
Height: 1.84m
Weight: 90kg

Australia U20
Australia 7s