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Connacht's AJ MacGinty to replace Danny Cipriani at Sale

South Africa-born Marnitz Boshoff will take the USA international’s place at the Irish province.

MacGinty joined Connacht in October after impressing with USA at the World Cup.
MacGinty joined Connacht in October after impressing with USA at the World Cup.
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CONNACHT OUT-HALF AJ MacGinty will replace Wasps-bound Danny Cipriani at Sale Sharks next season, it has been confirmed.

The Irish-born player, who is a USA international and featured for the Eagles at the last World Cup, is set to leave the western province ahead of the 2016-17 campaign, having only joined them back in October.

South African Marnitz Boshoff will replace MacGinty at Connacht, after it was confirmed that he would sign for the Irish side from the Lions. 26-year-old MacGinty’s NIQ [non-Irish-qualified] status meant Connacht could not have both players on their books next season.

“We were alerted to AJ during the World Cup and we have been watching his performances at Connacht,” said Sale director of rugby Steve Diamond.

“He is by far the best fly half in the Pro12; great in defence and has an 80% success rate kicking his points.

“I am sure that when he works with Paul Deacon here at Sharks he will become the finished article. He will be great addition to the squad and we are looking forward to AJ joining us pre-season.”

MacGinty stated his excitement to be joining Sale next season, while also thanking Connacht.

“I have really enjoyed my time at Connacht and would like to thank all the coaches, players, fans and staff for their support,” said the former Blackrock College student.

“In particular, I would like to express my gratitude to Pat Lam and I look forward to finishing the season as strong as possible.”

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