Sale Sharks announce leaving players
Sale Sharks can confirm that the following seven first team players will leave the club following the conclusion of the 2018-19 Gallagher Premiership Rugby season. The club would like to thank all seven players for their contribution to the club and wish them every succcess in the future.
Jonny arrived at the club from New Zealand in 2011 and has played 129 games for Sale Sharks. He was one half of a formidable centre partnership with Sammy Tuitupou: a forceful player with great tackling, carrying and passing skills.
During the past two seasons, he has developed as a Blogster, accurately putting the player angle to his readers.
He entered the Sharks’ Supporters Club Hall of Fame in 2019.
Johnny, holder of 20 Samoan caps, will continue playing for Sale FC next season whilst taking up a Player Liaison role with the Sharks.
‘Drei’ came in 2011 from Aurillac and has been a second row force ever since. Previously with Agen, he’s returning to France to play for Grenoble next season.
A ‘gentle giant’ who played basketball before discovering he was better at rugby union, he’s played for Russia 27 times. Despite bad luck with injuries, Andrei has played 146 games for Sale Sharks, scoring seven tries.
Hugely popular with supporters thanks to his pleasant demeanour, off the field, and forceful play on it, Andrei received an award at this year’s Supporters’ End of Season Dinner recognising his outstanding contribution to the club.
Tight head prop Alexandru joined the club from Beziers in 2017 and immediately surrounded himself in the Sharks’ ethos, so much so that he received a ‘Community Award’ from the Supporters’ Club after his first season.
Holder of 33 caps for Romania, Alexandru was a popular contributor to social media and developed many friendships throughout Europe.
He played 29 times for the Sharks and will be playing for Zebre in the Pro 14 next season.
Tom came to Sale last October and has played in 15 matches for the Sharks this season, coming off the bench on six occasions in the Gallagher Premiership.
He came from Narbonne, having played senior rugby for London Welsh, Leicester Tigers and Wasps beforehand.
Tom has been a valuable member of the squad, and leaves with our very best wishes.
Sale-born James has been with the club for seven seasons, amassing 55 appearances (which included one try) after making his debut against London Irish in 2012. Apart from brief loans at Stockport and Sedgley Park, James has patiently awaited senior opportunities but was frustrated by injury against Wasps last season.
He has been in rehab. most of this campaign and only recently returned to match fitness.
Signed from Leicester Tigers in 2016, speedy Paolo impressed by scoring eight tries in three games of sevens rugby.
A crowd favourite due to his all-action style moving forward, Paolo scored seven tries in his 29 senior appearances at Sale Sharks.
He faced competition from Marland Yarde, Byron McGuigan, Chris Ashton and Arron Reed for the number eleven shirt, and had considerable success with Sale FC during their first campaign in League National One.