Loosehead prop Tom Bairstow has secured a move to Premiership side Sale Sharks from French second-tier club Narbonne. The 27-year-old has experience of playing in the Premiership, having had spells with London Welsh, Leicester Tigers and Wasps before moving to Narbonne in 2017.
Bairstow, who made 24 appearances in the French Pro D2 last term, is now relishing the prospect of returning to England’s top flight.
“It’s a bit different at Carrington from the South of France, but great to be back in the UK,” he said. “The opportunity to come and play for a Gallagher Premiership club is not one to turn down.
“I’m looking forward to getting to know all the lads here, and becoming a member of the Sharks front row.”
Director of Rugby Steve Diamond added: “Tom’s been on our radar for some time, and he’s well known to Neil Briggs. We will offer him a warm welcome to the Sharks squad and he will significantly improve our options in the front row.”