Sale Sharks are delighted to announce the signing of Georgian Hooker Shalva Mamukashvili.
Director of Rugby Steve Diamond said, " With the knee injury Tommy Taylor sustained playing for England against the Barbarians keeping him out for six months I decided to bring in a top class hooker to add to the squad. Shalva is the current Georgian starting hooker who is very abrasive and aggressive in defence. He speaks fluent English and will also have Vadim Cobilas and Andrei Ostrikov to help him settle in. We have applied for the necessary Visa and Work Permit and hopefully all the formalities will be completed quickly."
Shalva currently plays for Armia(Georgia) and was born in Tbilisi on 2nd October 1990.
Sale Sharks are looking to take the next step and break into Aviva Premiership Rugby's top six but the club's head of community operations Jonny Acheson is adamant their grassroots work is already among the best in the country.
In the run up to the Aviva Premiership Fixture announcement on Friday, we thought we'd look back at the all the previous encounters of the sides in the Premiership since 2000! Do you remember any of these encounters? Let us know via Twitter or Facebook.