De Klerk and O’Con­nor are done deals at Sale

The Rugby Paper - - Feature -

BLIND­SIDE un­der­stands that Sale Sharks have com­pleted deals for Faf de Klerk and James O’Con­nor to move to the club next sea­son.

We ex­clu­sively re­vealed last week that Sale were in talks for Lions scrumhalf de Klerk who re­cently lost his place in the Spring­boks train­ing squad.

Sources have said that a deal has been agreed to re­lease de Klerk from the last year of his con­tract and he will move on a three-year deal worth around £500,000 a sea­son.

We broke the news a cou­ple of weeks ago that Toulon star O’Con­nor was in talks with the Sharks about a switch to the north west.

O’Con­nor, 26, who can oc­cupy any po­si­tion across the back­line, will be join­ing de Klerk at the AJ Bell Sta­dium.

Mean­while the Sharks, who signed Jono Ross from Stade Fran­cais as we pre­dicted, are look­ing to strengthen their squad even fur­ther.

Albi’s Ton­gan in­ter­na­tional Dan Faleafa, who plays at lock and flanker, is the next player on Steve Di­a­mond’s wanted list and they are work­ing to fi­nalise the deal.

New Zealand-born Faleafa, 26, started his ca­reer with Auck­land and later played for North­land and Have­lock Sports Club be­fore mov­ing to France.

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