Former All Black extends Sale stay

Colin Newboult

Sale Sharks Bryn Evans is tackled by Connacht's Jack Carty (left) and Niyi Adeolokun (right), during the European Challenge Cup quarter final match at the AJ Bell Stadium, Salford.

Sale Sharks have announced that former All Black second-row Bryn Evans has signed a one-year extension to remain in the Premiership.

Evans has been with Sale since arriving from Biarritz Olympique in 2015. Before his short stint in France, the dynamic lock played in his native New Zealand for Hawke’s Bay, the Blues and the Hurricanes, and then moved to London Irish in 2011 for three years.

Capped twice by the All Blacks, the lock has been crucial in organising the Sharks’ line-out success over recent seasons. Making his 100th Sharks appearance in the European Challenge Cup recently, the 6ft 4in second-row has scored 60 points over four years for Sale and was excited about the prospect of sticking around for another season.

He said: “Sale is my home here in the UK and I wouldn’t want to be anywhere else so I’m delighted to tag on another year! We are constantly building on the good stuff that’s already being shown on the pitch, and I’m excited to see where we get to.”

Director of rugby Steve Diamond added: “Bryn’s done a fantastic job here since arriving four years ago. He has a tremendous pedigree, is a great organiser, and we’re glad that he’ll be with us for an extra year.”