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Sale pull off major coup with signing of Springbok second row

Lood de Jager is to leave the Bulls and join the Premiership side on a three-year contract.

De Jager has won 38 caps for South Africa.
De Jager has won 38 caps for South Africa.
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SALE SHARKS HAVE pulled off a major coup with the signing of South Africa international Lood de Jager on a three-year deal.

The lock will arrive at Sale from the Bulls ahead of the 2019-20 Premiership season or, if selected, following his country’s Rugby World Cup campaign, which gets under way in Japan in September.

De Jager, a mammoth second row at six feet nine inches tall, has 38 international caps and was named captain of the Bulls ahead of the 2019 Super Rugby season.

“Firstly, it is a great honour for me to join Sale Sharks, they are a club with great tradition and really high ambitions and they are building something really special,” De Jager said.

“It’s exciting to be a part of and I’m looking forward to joining up with the guys in Manchester later in the year.”

“I am extremely pleased to secure the services Lood for the 2019-20 season,” added Sale director of rugby Steve Diamond.

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“He is a world-class lineout operator with lots of experience at the highest level and offers a huge physical presence around the pitch.

“Lood’s signing is a statement of intent in our endeavour to become a force in the Premiership and Europe over the next three years.”

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