Potential England star dumps Bristol for Premiership rival - Ruck

Potential England star dumps Bristol for Premiership rival

Sale Sharks have confirmed the signing of promising lock Alex Groves on a long-term contract.

The towering 21-year-old, who was born in South Africa but has represented England at Under 20 level, joins Sharks after leaving Bristol Bears.

Alex joined Bristol Bears on a two-year deal in January 2020, after leaving St John’s College in Cape Town, South Africa.

The 6ft 8in, 120kg second-row was called up to the England U20 squad for the 2020 Six Nations and the following year was named in the 32-man elite player squad for the 2021 U20 championships.

He made his first appearance for the Bears’ first team in a Premiership Rugby Cup clash against Worcester Warriors in November.

Sharks Director of Rugby Alex Sanderson said he was delighted to welcome another Alex to the club and he said his new man has a big future ahead of him.

He said: “Alex has all the attributes to be a really top player and I can’t wait to see him in action. He’s still young but he’s already a powerful guy with all the skills you need from a modern-day lock.

“This club is committed to giving young players opportunities, so Alex knows that if he works hard and develops in the way we believe he can, he’s got a big future here.”

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