Sale Sharks have made their second big signing in a week by landing All Black lock Bryn Evans on a two year deal.
Evans’ arrival follows the capture of legendary Irish scrum-half Peter Stringer earlier this week.
The 6ft 5in star heads to the AJ Bell Stadium from French club Biarritz to bolster the Shark’s second row.
Evans, 30, joined Biarritz after three successful seasons at London Irish where he made 75 appearances and scored four tries.
He hails from Hastings in New Zealand played Super 14 rugby for Blues and Hurricanes.
The Kiwi made his All Blacks debut in 2009 against France and in the same season helped the Hurricanes to the semi-finals of the Super 14’s.
Director of Rugby Steve Diamond said: “Bryn is a great signing for us and will, I am sure play a major part in our line out next season.
“When I heard he was available both Dan Braid and Michael Patterson gave him great references and we look forward to him joining us for pre-season training.”