Sunday 17 December 2017

Stringer leaves Sale

Former Ireland scrum-half Peter Stringer has parted company with Sale Sharks. Photo: Matt Browne/Sportsfile
Former Ireland scrum-half Peter Stringer has parted company with Sale Sharks. Photo: Matt Browne/Sportsfile
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Former Ireland scrum-half Peter Stringer's future is unclear after Sale Sharks confirmed his departure yesterday.

The 98-times-capped international's exit was announced by the club's director of rugby, who paid tribute to the former Munster star and Wales and Lions No 9 Mike Phillips who is retiring at the end of the season.

"They have been great for the club, the squad and the supporters," he said.

"Nearly 200 caps between them and have helped their team-mates and the youngsters coming through so much."

Stringer (39) joined Sale in 2015, having spent the previous two seasons at Bath.

His availability could interest Munster, but they have recruited Irish scrum-half James Hart from Racing 92 for next season to compete with Duncan Williams for the covering spot behind Conor Murray.

Meanwhile, the IRFU have confirmed the dates and opponents for the November internationals.

Ireland will face South Africa on Sunday, November 12, Fiji six days later on November 18 and Argentina on November 25.

The clash with Fiji will be the Islanders' first visit to the stadium; they last took on Ireland in an uncapped international at Thomond Park in 2012.

Ireland played three Tests against the Springboks last summer, losing the series 2-1, while the autumn clash will be the first meeting with Argentina since the Pumas comprehensively knocked Joe Schmidt's side out of the World Cup in 2015.

Ticket prices range between €15 and €100. Further information is available on the IRFU website.

Irish Independent

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