Josh Strauss admits positive words about Sale from Scotland ‘A’ cap Byron McGuigan convinced him to move to the Sharks on a three year deal.

The 30-year-old back-row played for Scotland in the first two matches in the 6 Nation, but is currently injured. However, he will make the move from Glasgow Warriors down south this summer.

Strauss said: “Since coming to the UK I always had it in the back of my mind that I wanted to play in the Premiership, which is a highly rated competition by players in South Africa.

“I signed for Glasgow and needed to sign for a second term in order to qualify to play for the national side.

“I have really enjoyed my time with the Warriors, but I asked my agent to look around in the Premiership for me. He came back with Sale Sharks who have a good name, a good record in the Premiership and looked an attractive proposition.

“I rang my friend Byron McGuigan who is at the club and he spoke very highly about Steve Diamond, Sharks as a club and the supporters.”

Sale Sharks’ Director of Rugby Steve Diamond said: “Josh is a world class forward.

“He has been performing well for both Glasgow and Scotland over the past five years and will compliment the squad in the ball carrying department. He is a leader and a very powerful athlete.

“The new owners Simon Orange and Ged Mason are keen to help Sale Sharks become one of the leading clubs and signings like Josh will help our cause.”

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