Brenden Santi First Team Back Row Sponsor Available to sponsor - call 0191 214 2896 Italian international lock Brenden Santi joins Newcastle Thunder from Betfred Championship side Toulouse Olympique for the 2020 Betfred League 1 season. The 26-year-old forward comes in following an impressive 2019 season in which he made 19 appearances for the French outfit, as Sylvain Houles side finished the regular season in second place and narrowly missed out on making the end of season promotion finals. Hailing from Bankstown in New South Wales, Santi’s Italian heritage has seen him earn 11 international caps for the Azzurri, including three at each of the last two Rugby League World Cups and one in the memorable 14-15 win over England ahead of the 2013 tournament. A former Australian Schoolboys captain, Santi made his professional debut with West Tigers back in 2014 at a club where he was an integral part of the U20s setup. He went on to make 25 NRL appearances and brings a wealth of experience of NSW and Queensland Cup rugby. A powerful and explosive player described as a no nonsense middle, Thunder head coach Simon Finnigan is confident the new addition will prove a firm favourite with players and fans alike.