Sale Sharks are delighted to announce the signing of giant Lock Nathan Hines on a two year deal. Nathan will join Sale after his commitments at Clermont Auvergne end in June.
Born in Wagga Wagga NSW, Australia Nathan played rugby league in his early years with North Sydney Bears before crossing codes to play for Manly RUFC. Nathan emigrated to the UK in 1999 and has played for
Gala,Edinburgh,Perpignan,Leinster and Clermont Auvergne. He was a Heineken Cup winner with Leinster in 2009/2010 and was a crowd favourite.
Nathan has also played 77 times for Scotland and toured South Africa in 2009 with the British and Irish Lions.
Commenting on the signing, Steve Diamond said, "Nathan is a world class player and will fit in well with us at Sale Sharks. He has vast experience playing at the highest level and is a regular starter at Clermont. Last weekend he was magnificent in helping his team beat Racing Paris. The forwards at Sale Sharks have played well this season and adding Nathan to the group will be a big boost to us."
Despite trailing by three points at the interval, Sale Sharks European Cup campaign ended at Thomond Park to a Munster side who were desperate to finish on a winning note after failing to qualify for the Quarter Finals.
Sale Sharks' European campaign this season has been a case of what might have been but back-row forward Mark Easter insists he and his teammates can hold their heads high even if it ends without a win.
Danny Cipriani has been called up to the England EPS Squad ahead of this season's Six Nations, and Ross Harrison has been called up for the England Saxons squad for their match against Irish Wolfhounds on Friday 30th January.
Steve Diamond has admitted that the experience of this season's European Rugby Champions Cup has made him and his squad even more determined to finish in the Top Six of the Aviva Premiership and so book their passage into next season's European showpiece.
Sharks were left empty handed after a tremendous effort against Clermont Auvergne in appalling conditions at the AJ Bell Stadium. So close but yet so far in the home games in the competition with Steve Diamond's men running Munster,Saracens and Clermont right to the bell on each game.