Aviva Premiership
Sharks snap up Fourie
ESPNscrum Staff
May 27, 2011
Leeds flanker Hendre Fourie, Bath v Leeds, Aviva Premiership, Recreation Ground, Leeds, England, January 8, 2011
Fourie makes the switch to Sale from recently relegated Leeds © Getty Images

Sale Sharks have announced the signing of England flanker Hendre Fourie from Leeds Carnegie on a two-year deal.

The 31-year-old Fourie, who won the last of his six caps during this year's Six Nations, makes the switch in the wake of Leeds' relegation from the top flight. His departure from Headingley follows that of fellow England international hooker Steve Thompson who is heading to Wasps while scrum-half Scott Mathie, flanker Kearnan Myall and centre Luther Burrell who will also be at Edgeley Park next season.

Hendre played rugby in his native South Africa for Shimlas, Maties, University of Free State and the Cheetahs before joining Rotherham Titans in 2005. He joined Leeds two years later and would go on to make his England Saxons debut against Italy in 2010 having qualified for his adopted country on residential grounds. He toured with England to Australia last summer and made his England debut last November against New Zealand as a replacement for Lewis Moody.

Sharks Executive Director of Sport Steve Diamond welcomed the latest addition to his squad, commenting, "Hendre has been chased and courted by several Premiership clubs but we are very pleased he has chosen Sale Sharks. We would like to thank Leeds Carnegie for their help in the transfer of Hendre.

"He is a great addition to our squad, a player whose work ethic is second to none. Hendre is a tough individual and will fit perfectly into our plans and what we are trying to achieve at the Sharks."

The signing of Fourie continues a busy period of re-building by the Sharks that has also included the recruitment of Wasps' forward Andy Powell, Gloucester prop Alasdair Dickinson, Russian second-row forward Andrei Ostrikov from French club Aurillac, Glasgow No.8 Richie Vernon, Munster prop Tony Buckley, Samoan fly-half Tasesa Lavea, Wasps hooker Joe Ward and Northampton lock Mark Easter.

Leeds have also confirmed further player departures following their relegation from the Premiership. Eight of this season's squad, including international forward Marco Wentzel, have already signed for other clubs. In addition, they have released Daniel Browne and Juan Gomez from the remainder of their contracts, while Leigh Hinton, Henry Fa'afili, Warren Fury, Alex Black and Jesus Moreno-Rodriguez will not be offered new deals.

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