Danny Cipriani has secured an early release from his contract with the Melbourne Rebels to give himself the "best opportunity" of regaining his place in the England squad.
The former England out-half yesterday confirmed he had left the Australian franchise, despite it being only midway through their Super 15 campaign.
Cipriani, who won the last of his seven caps for England in November 2008, has signed a three-year deal with Sale and is expected to enjoy some rest and join up with his new club in time for their pre-season training.
"I want to thank Melbourne for being so understanding and granting me a release to return to England," said Cipriani. "I've made no secret of my desire to play for England again."
Cipriani scored 122 points in his two years with the Rebels after leaving Wasps in an attempt to rejuvenate his career, but he was not regarded as a success Down Under.