Sale Sharks have announced the latest in a wave of world class signings, as they confirm Australian International James O’Connor will join the club for the 17/18 season, on a three-year deal.
He touches down in South Manchester after 3 years in the South of France, where he played for European giants, the ‘galacticos’ Toulon.
O’Connor, who is 5 ft 11 in and weighs 196 lb, has represented Western Force, London Irish, Melbourne Rebels, Queensland Reds, Toulon and Australia.
Sale Sharks Director of Rugby Steve Diamond said: “We are delighted that James O’Connor will be joining us.
“He is a world-class versatile back that will add a lot to our game. He is the type of player that alongside a group of incredibly talented home grown lads, will help us a club to push on and achieve the vision of our owners Simon Orange and Ged Mason.
“He has great feet, and an unbelievable running and kicking game which will threaten any opposition. What is exciting about James O’Connor is his potential. He was capped for Australia 44 times by the age of 23 and even now at only 26, he has played in the English Premiership, French Top 14, Super 15 and at international level.
“He has a lot of experience and is keen to show his international calibre. We are all pleased he has chosen to do this at Sale Sharks.
“His debut at the AJ Bell Stadium alongside signings such as Faf de Klerk, Jono Ross and Josh Strauss, and the return of our 7 England players, will make for an amazing start to the new season.”
O’Connor joins Sale Sharks as co-owners Ged Mason and Simon Orange celebrate their one year anniversary in charge of the North West’s only premiership rugby union team.