Sale sign Springbok scrum-half Faf de Klerk

8:56 AM BST

Sale Sharks have announced the signing of Springboks scrum-half Faf de Klerk on a three-year deal.

De Klerk joins from Super Rugby’s Lions, who lost out in last year’s Super Rugby final and have won eight of their nine games so far this year.

De Klerk, capped 11 times by South Africa, will join Sale next season alongside compatriots Josh Strauss and Jono Ross.

“I am made up that Faf has decided to join us next season,” said Sale coach Steve Diamond. “He is tenacious with a fantastic work rate — he dictates the tempo and direction of the game and I think he will fit in well both with our style of play, and with a young, ambitious squad.

“He’s an unbelievable ball carrier, has a solid kicking game and he is exciting around the pitch. He sees the weakness in his opposition and can leverage this to his advantage. He’s young but has massive experience and this will be crucial in helping us to build on the foundations we have put in place this year.”

De Klerk will replace retired Welsh international scrum half Mike Phillips and Diamond laid the success of the signing on Sale Sharks co-owners Simon Orange and Ged Mason.

“Simon and Ged are intent on making Sale Sharks one of the leading clubs in the Premiership,” said Diamond. “Faff has the vision to see where the club is heading and wants to be part of it.

“This signing ,as well as the signings of Josh Strauss and Jono Ross, will help us collectively achieve our desire to be a top of the table team. I’m sure there will be a lot of excitement in the AJ Bell Stadium come our first home game of next season.”

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