Coenie Oosthuizen will join the growing South African contingent at the Sale Sharks at the end of the Vodacom Super Rugby season.
The 30-year old prop, who can play on both sides of the scrum, has signed a three-year contract, following former Cheetahs teammate Lood de Jager to Manchester.
Sale Sharks director of rugby, Steve Diamond, was pleased to announce the signing this week.
‘Coenie joining us, along with Lood, is a huge statement of where we want to be,’ Diamond said. ‘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.
‘He also has considerable experience playing with Akker van der Merwe at the Sharks, so I think he will fit in perfectly at Sale. We look forward to welcoming him to Manchester later in the year ahead of the 2019-20 Premiership.’
Oosthuizen started his career with the Cheetahs, going on to make 129 appearances in all competitions for the Bloemfontein side, before moving to Durban to join the Sharks in 2016.
After a stand-out season in 2010 he was selected as part of the Springbok squad to tour Europe in November of the same year, but did not make his international test debut until 9 June 2012, starting against England in Durban. He has since gone on to win a total of 30 Test caps.
NEW SIGNING | Sale Sharks sign Springbok International Prop Coenie Ooosthuizen from the Cell-C Sharks! 🦈
— Sale Sharks🦈 (@SaleSharksRugby) May 13, 2019
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