Sale Sharks have announced the signing of Russian international loosehead prop Valery Morozov from Enesei-STM.
Morozov (24) has 15 Russian caps and last played for his country alongside current Sale lock Andrei Ostrikov against Japan in November. Ostrikov is set to leave Sale at the end of the season to join Top14 outfit Grenoble.
Valery, who stands at 6ft2" and 118kg, will link up with the Gallagher Premiership club at Carrington in the New Year to aid in the Manchester-based side's current Premiership campaign, currently sitting in a concerning 11th place.
Sale Sharks’ Director of Rugby Steve Diamond said, “Andrei Ostrikov and Vadim Cobilas first made me aware of Valery’s abilities, and we kept a watch on him for the past twelve months whilst he was playing for Enesei.
"He’s a big, dynamic, scrummaging prop and front row players with his skill set are few and far between. We look forward to welcoming him to Carrington on 2nd January to bolster our options in the front row as we move into 2019."