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."
We are delighted to announce our "Try Rugby Package" - this is your chance for a three game season ticket taster! You can come down to the AJ Bell Stadium and watch our last three Aviva Premiership home games against Gloucester, Harlequins and Newcastle Falcons and save up to £30 per ticket!
Mark Cueto has today announced that he will retire from playing at the end of the current season. Mark is currently the All-Time Leading Try Scorer in the Aviva Premiership with 87 tries having overtaken former team mate Steve Hanley's record of 75 tries in February 2013.
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.