New Sale head coach Steve Diamond has made his first capture since taking up at the reins at Edgeley Park by signing the Irish prop Tony Buckley.
Weighing in at 21 stone 5lbs, the 30-year-old Munster prop is one of the heaviest men currently playing professional rugby.
The Irish tighthead player, nicknamed Mushy, who has 21 international caps and has just been called into the Ireland squad for the Six Nations campaign, has penned a three year deal with Sale and will join the club in the summer.
Buckley's capture is set to be the first of many by executive director of sport Diamond, with the club set to announce a number of other signings over the next few weeks.
And it also carries uncanny echoes of Diamond's first signing when he was joint Sale coach back in 2001.
Diamond said: "This is a statement of intent of what Sale Sharks want to achieve. We want to build a team around a dominant pack of forwards."
As part of the build-up to next month's Cardiff 2014 Heineken Cup and Amlin Challenge Cup finals weekend, ERC has joined forces with the WRU, Cardiff Blues and adidas to develop an annual grassroots community rugby programme targeting young players.
The Ulster Rugby full back, Jared Payne (No 15), has been suspended for two (2) weeks following an independent Disciplinary Hearing in Dublin arising from the Heineken Cup quarter-final match against Saracens at Ravenhill Stadium on Saturday, 5 April.