Thu. Jul 18th, 2019

Sale Sharks’ Springbok collection grows with De Jager’s signature

De JagerLood De Jager will become the fifth Springbok in the Sale Sharks squad when he joins for the 2019/20 Premiership campaign.

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Sale Sharks love affair with Springbok players continues as the English Premiership team announced the signing of Bulls Lock Lood de Jager.

De Jager will join the club later this year, exactly when will depend on whether he is part of Rassie Erasmus’ Springbok World Cup squad.

An imposing presence both in the lineout and as a ball carrier, De Jager established himself in the Springbok team while still at the Cheetahs, and won player of the year at SA Rugby’s 2015 awards.

De Jager has been capped 38 times by the Springboks since making his debut as a 21-year-old, back in 2014.

Sale Sharks have signed Springbok flyhalf, Robert Du Preez and hooker Akker van der Merwe from the Cell C Sharks already this year while Faf de Klerk has been at the club since 2017 making 42 Premiership appearances. De Klerk recommitted to the club earlier this year.

Bok centre Rohan Janse van Rensburg joined the club at the same time as De Klerk but has made just 20 appearances.

South African born Jono Ross joined the Sale Sharks in 2017 after a three year stint at French club Stade Francais.

De Jager’s departure comes as a blow to a Bulls outfit that has struggled to settle on a lock pairing in 2019 thanks to a string of injuries, including one to the lock himself.

The Sale Sharks greatly prize the physicality that De Jager will bring to their pack.

“I am extremely pleased to secure the services Lood for the 2019/20 season. He is a world class line-out 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 Gallagher Premiership and Europe over the next three years,” Steve Diamond, Sale Sharks Director of Rugby, proclaimed.

De Jager is excited by the prospect of turning out for a highly professional outfit like the Sale Sharks.

“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. 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,” he said in a release issued by Sale Sharks.

De Jager will arrive in Manchester in August if he is not selected for the RWC. Should he make the Springbok group he will join after the World Cup.

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