Saracens sign former Melbourne Rebels captain Nic Stirzaker

Nic Stirzaker, who played for the Melbourne Rebels in Super Rugby, will join Saracens on a three-month deal. Mark Nolan/Getty Images

Saracens have signed former Melbourne Rebels captain and scrum-half Nic Stirzaker on a short-term deal until March ahead of their clash with Wasps in the Aviva Premiership.

Although London born, Stirzaker has spent all but two of his 26 years in Australia, representing the Rebels in Super Rugby and playing for the Barbarians against the All Blacks and Tonga last November.

"I've settled in really well, St Albans is a cool place; the club's been really great and it's a cool bunch of guys," Stirzaker, who became the youngest Rebels player to reach 50 appearances last year, said. "The last couple of games have been two good wins so it's a good place to be around.

"I'm looking forward to learning from some really quality players here as well as learning from the way the team plays; the game is based around a kick-chase and accurate kicking which is something I'm really keen to develop."

Director of Rugby Mark McCall added:"He's a very exciting scrum-half with great passing ability, great running ability and with Henry Taylor out for the rest of the season and with Richard Wigglesworth's recent injury we felt a little bit vulnerable in that area, so it's great to be able to bring Nick's quality across."