Monday 18 December 2017

38-year-old Peter Stringer wins prestigious award to prove he is actually superhuman

Will Slattery

Will Slattery

When Peter Stringer finally decided to leave Munster at age 35 in the summer of 2013, many people thought he may get one or two more seasons with limited game time before calling time on an illustrious career.

Well, we are nearly at the end of year three of Stringer's post-Munster career and the former Ireland scrum-half seems to be getting better, if anything. After two solid seasons as Bath's back-up scrum-half, the Corkman was given a more prominent role with Sale Sharks in this campaign, and it is a testament to the magnificent shape he has kept himself in throughout his career that at age 38, he is still thriving.

Stringer has helped lead the Sharks to fifth in the Aviva Premiership table and last night his form was rewarded, as he was chosen as the club's Player of the Year.

Stringer has featured 18 times for Sale this season, and Director of Rugby Steve Diamond felt he was performing well enough to offer him a new one-year deal that will take him 'til the end of the 2016/17 season.

Stringer won 98 international caps with Ireland, coming agonisingly short of the century mark, which given his recent form, is something that he can feel aggrieved by.

Furthermore, when Munster opted to re-sign Tomas O'Leary at the start of this season, there were probably many fans who hoped that Stringer would be the former scrum-half returning to Thomond Park given how sharp his play has been since departing his home province.

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