International Welsh scrum-half Dwayne Peel will move to double European Challenge Cup champions Sale Sharks in a new three year deal confirmed today..
The Llanelli Scarlets scrum-half will join Sale at the end of the season and will therefore not be available for the Sharks' European Challenge Cup quarter-final against Brive on Friday 4 April.
Peel, who will be in the Welsh starting line up to play Italy next weekend, has earned 39 caps in the Heineken Cup and won the 2005 Grand Slam with Wales.
The 26 year old has spent his professional career to date with the Scarlets and is already the most capped scrum-half in Welsh international rugby history.
Speaking about the move Peel expressed his delight with his new club and is looking forward to experiencing a different environment and a new championship:
"This is a chance to play in a different environment, a chance for myself to sample a new experience and a chance for me to play in a different league against different players. Sharks have some great players and I am looking forward to playing with them", he said.
In other European club news, Yannick Nyanga, the international French back row, has confirmed that he will stay with triple Heineken Cup champions Toulouse until at least 2011. Nyanga, who signed with Stade Toulousain in 2006, has already played fifty games for the French club side and was also part of the French 2006 Six Nations winning squad.
Toulouse will host Cardiff Blues in the Heineken Cup quarter-finals on Sunday, 6 April 2008 in "Le Stadium" which will see one of Toulouse's charismatic former players Gareth Thomas coming back to the "Ville Rose".
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