Munster confirm signing of Simon Zebo replacement on a three-year deal
Sale have agreed to release full-back Mike Haley to enable him to join Munster and push his claims for an Ireland call-up.
The 23-year-old has represented England Saxons but qualifies for Ireland through maternal grandmother from Tralee and has signed a three-year contract with Munster from the start of next season.
Haley will be a straight replacement for Ireland full-back or wing Simon Zebo, who is leaving Thomond Park to join French club Racing 92 in the summer.
Munster head coach Johann van Graan said: "We are delighted to recruit an exciting young playmaker such as Mike.
"At 23, he has over six years of professional rugby under his belt and will be a great addition to our squad."
Haley follows in the footsteps of Ireland flanker Ciaran Parker, who joined Munster from Sale last year.
"Obviously it was a very, very difficult decision," Haley said. "I've spent many happy years at Sale but after lots of careful thought I just felt that it was a once in a lifetime opportunity I had to take.
"I have a strong family connections with Munster and used to go there all the time when I was younger and being eligible to play for Ireland was another big factor.
"But I will be giving absolutely everything for Sale between now and the end of the season."
Sale director of rugby Steve Diamond said: "It has been a really difficult decision to let Mike go with us having brought him through from being a teenager and with Mike having a year left on his contract with the club.
"However, he has aspirations to play international rugby with Ireland and we really didn't want to stand in his way."