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Faf de Klerk signs for English club Sale Sharks

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Lions Super Rugby scrum half Faf de Klerk has agreed to leave the Johannesburg franchise and play in England for Premiership club Sale Sharks.

The twenty-five-year-old Nelspruit born scrumhalf has won 11 caps for the Springboks and made his international debut last year in 2016.

Sale Sharks Director of Rugby, Steve Diamond says De Klerk is a “world class signing”.

“I am made up that Faf has decided to join us next season,” said Diamond, who recently announced the recruitment of Scotland international Josh Strauss and Jono Ross.

“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 step into the shoes of Welsh international scrum half Mike Phillips, who announced that he will retire at the end of this season, following a year long stint at Sale Sharks.

He joins Sale Sharks from South African Super Rugby team the Lions, after helping the club reach their first ever Super Rugby final last season.

Diamond said securing de Klerk’s signature was largely down to 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. 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.”

Meanwhile the Lions have acknowledged that they are in negotiations with the Sale Sharks for de Klerk but say that they will make a statement on the issue once the player has returned to South Africa.

“Negotiations are under way and I have not signed anything regarding the offer to (Faf) de Klerk. The team is focused on their third game on tour and an official announcement will only be made once they are back,” said Rudolf Streauli, CEO of the Lions Rugby Company.

Lions head coach Johan Ackermann has already agreed to coach English club Gloucester next season. 

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1 Comment

  1. ostle peter

    8th May 2017 at 11:25 pm

    I think you will find Johan Ackermann has joined Gloucester not Worcester

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