With the season Premier ship season barely over Manchester based Sale sharks have been busy in the transfer market with the early acquisition of Springbok International Coenie Oosthuizen on a three year deal.
The 30 year old South African prop forward who has won 30 caps for his country in the front row, since making his debut against England back in 2012 joins from Super Rugby side Sharks. The signing shows Sale’s intent for next season as it follows the recent capture of Oosthuizen’s fellow Springbok Lood de Jager.
Speaking about their most recent capture, Sale Shark’s head coach Steve Diamond was positive to what impact the player could bring to the side.
“Coenie joining us, along with Lood, is a huge statement of where we want to be, 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,” added Diamond.
Along with joining the already strong South African contingent that includes scrum-half Faf de Klerk, centre Rohan Janse van Rensburg, hooker Akker van der Merwe and fly-half Robert du Preez. The club have also secured the services of Du Preez’s younger twin brothers Dan and Jean-Luc on a one-year loan deal from Natal Sharks.
Back rower Jean-Luc makes his return to Manchester after making six appearances during an early loan deal between the clubs, whilst brother Dan who has Four caps to his name, the last being against England in Cape town nearly 12 months ago will be coming aboard for the first time.
This would make the competition for places extremely interesting as Sale already have a set of twins in their pack in the form of flankers Tom and Ben Curry.