South African Ross dumps Stade for Sale

Tue, 11 Apr 2017 18:27
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NEWS: Highly-rated South African back-row forward Jono Ross will play English Premiership rugby next season after signing for Sale Sharks from Top 14 outfit Stade Francais on Tuesday.

The 26-year-old, who is eligible to play for England through his grandmother, had been under contract with Stade until 2020 and played in their French title-winning side in 2015.

His move is an abrupt about-turn after indicating in February he would remain at the French club. 

However, he decided to cut short his stay in France - he joined Stade in 2014 - and sign on for three years with Sale, adding to the exodus at the Paris-based side.

"I am really looking forward to this career move," he told the Sale website.

"I heard that Steve Diamond [rugby director] was showing interest in me joining the club and I met up with him a few weeks ago.

"I watched the game against Worcester last Friday and was impressed with the bonus point win."

Ross said he felt it was time for a change after a tough season with Stade which has seen him captain them on several occasions.

"I have enjoyed my time at the club and living in Paris has been great, but I needed a new challenge," added Ross, who has previous experience of the top level in England having played for Saracens a couple of times in 2012-13.

"It's not been the easiest of seasons at Stade Francais, but I will be giving it my best in the remaining games to hopefully leave on a high."

Diamond, whose side have had a disappointing season and lie 10th in the Premiership with three games remaining, said he was delighted to have secured a player he termed a "leader".

"Jono is a great signing for us," said Diamond.

"He is a versatile player equally at home at flank and No.8 and is also a leader on the field.

"His ball carrying ability will be a huge asset in the Premiership. Once we knew about his availability we moved quickly to secure his signature." 

Agence France-Presse

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New Zealand U20 v Italy U20 09h30 AIA Arena
Australia U20 v Samoa U20 09h30 Tbilisi
South Africa U20 v Georgia U20 12h00 Tbilisi
England U20 v Wales U20 14h30 Tbilisi
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Sun, 28 May 2017
Lions v Kings 54 | 10
Sat, 27 May 2017
Jaguares v Brumbies 15 | 39
Munster v Scarlets 22 | 46
Sharks v Stormers 22 | 10
Wasps v Exeter Chiefs 20 | 23
Bulls v Hurricanes 20 | 34
Rebels v Crusaders 19 | 41
Highlanders v Waratahs 44 | 28
Sunwolves v Cheetahs 7 | 47
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Reds v Force 26 | 40
Blues v Chiefs 16 | 16
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Sat, 20 May 2017
Kings v Brumbies 10 | 19
Munster v Ospreys 23 | 3
Wasps v Leicester Tigers 21 | 20
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Exeter Chiefs 22 15 3 4 84
Saracens 22 16 1 5 77
Leicester Tigers 22 14 0 8 66
Bath 22 12 0 10 59
Harlequins 22 11 0 11 52
Northampton Saints 22 10 0 12 52
Newcastle Falcons 22 10 0 12 49
Gloucester 22 7 2 13 46
Sale Sharks 22 7 1 14 40
Worcester Warriors 22 5 2 15 33
Bristol 22 3 0 19 20