Sunday 17 December 2017

Sale Sharks confirm Peter Stringer will leave the club at the end of the season

Peter Stringer of Sale Sharks celebrates as Sale Sharks qualify for the Champions Cup during the Aviva Premiership match between Newcastle Falcons and Sale Sharks at Kingston Park on May 7 in Newcastle Upon Tyne, England. (Photo by Mark Runnacles/Getty Images)
Peter Stringer of Sale Sharks celebrates as Sale Sharks qualify for the Champions Cup during the Aviva Premiership match between Newcastle Falcons and Sale Sharks at Kingston Park on May 7 in Newcastle Upon Tyne, England. (Photo by Mark Runnacles/Getty Images)

The Sale Sharks have confirmed that former Munster scrum-half Peter Stringer will be leaving the club at the end of the season following two seasons at the AJ Bell Stadium.

Stringer is one of 14 players to leave the Sharks with Director of Rugby Steve Diamond praising the 39-year-old, and former Wales scrum-half Mike Phillips (retiring), for their contributions to the club.

"They have been great for the club, the squad and the supporters. Nearly 200 caps between them and have helped their team mates and the youngsters coming through so much," Diamond told the club's website.

"It's always hard to say goodbye to players at the end of the season and I am sure the lads who are leaving will if they are looking to get fixed up at other clubs will do so quite easily."

Stringer moved to Sale in May 2015 following a two year spell with Mike Ford at Bath. Prior to that the former Ireland scrum-half had gone on loan spells at both Saracens and Newcastle, extending the latter stages of his career after 15 years with his native Munster.

Stringer was named Sale's Player of the Season for the 2015-16 season while in November he told BBC's Rugby Union Extra podcast that he intends to keep playing as long as his body and mind are able for it.

Full list of Sale departures:

Mike Phillips (retiring)

Sam Bedlow (Bristol)

Peter Stringer

Dan Mugford

Neil Briggs (joining Sharks Academy Staff)

Magnus Lund

Jonathan Mills

Andrew Hughes

Matt Rogerson (Jersey)

Sam Tuitupou (Coventry)

Tom Morton

Tim Jeffers

Charlie Ingall

Dan Braid (coach)

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