South Africa prop Coenie Oosthuizen has signed for Sale Sharks on a three-year deal from Super Rugby side Sharks.
The 30-year-old, who has 30 caps for the Springboks after making his debut against England in 2012, has been with the Durban-based Sharks since 2016.
However, Oosthuizen has been lured to the AJ Bell Stadium ahead of the 2019-20 Premiership season where he will link up with fellow South Africans, Lood de Jager, scrum-half Faf de Klerk, fly-half Robert du Preez, centre Rohan Janse van Rensburg and hooker Akker van der Merwe.
Sale director of rugby Steve Diamond is delighted with his latest recruit and has backed Oosthuizen to be an influential figure in his squad. “Coenie joining us, along with Lood, is a huge statement of where we want to be,” he told the club’s website.
“He is 130kg, can play on both sides of the scrum and has a skill set away from the set-piece that is unique for a prop of his size. “He also has considerable experience playing with Akker van der Merwe at the Sharks, so I think he will fit in perfectly at Sale.”