Sale Sharks sign Samoan flanker Ioane
Aviva Premiership Rugby Football Union club the Sale Sharks have announced the signing of Samoa international flanker TJ Ioane on a short term deal until the end of the season.
The 25 year old Samoan had been plying his trade with the Highlanders of the Super Rugby XV and playing provincially for Otago since 2011 and his transfer could be seen as a sort of a coup for the English club as several clubs were reported to be interested in signing him.
Ioane is a highly versatile player, capable of playing in a number of positions, especially at number eight. He made his debut for the national team against Canada last November and was a part of the Samoan side that lost to England at Twickenham Stoop.
The Sale Sharks recently confirmed the departure o hooker Marc Jones to Bristol Rugby at the end of the season and the signing of Ioane gives them something to be cheerful of. Steve Diamond, the Director of Rugby at the club said that the player has joined the club because he wanted to have the experience of playing rugby abroad and to expand his horizon.
He added that the team already had one or two players who have known him for some time and they persuaded him to make the move to England. Diamond said that the environment around the club is something that Ioane will like and he looks forward to working with him.
After a tumultuous couple of seasons when they barely survived relegation from the Aviva Premiership, the Sale Sharks are looking like a force to be reckoned with once again. They are in the running to secure a playoff spot this season and Ioane is one player who could take them all the more closer to securing that spot.