Northampton Saints have signed Alex Seville on loan from Gloucester in time for Sunday’s Champions Cup tie against Exeter Chiefs, after European Rugby permitted a rule change for front rows.
The EPCR board unanimously agreed to allow Saints to register prop Seville after 1 September’s deadline.
The 22-year-old loose-head has joined the club until the end of September.
“We are pleased EPCR have adopted a sensible approach,” said Mark Darbon, Saints’ chief executive.
An injury crisis had seen Saints face the prospect of having only one fit loose-head prop available, in the form of 19-year-old rookie Emmanuel Iyogun.
“Alex will join up with the squad on Friday and will be available for our quarter-final on Sunday,” Darbon added.
“We would like to thank Gloucester. We are also grateful to Exeter Chiefs for the pragmatism they have shown in supporting today’s decision.”