Sale have confirmed the signing of the Scotland No 8 Josh Strauss from the Glasgow Warriors on a three-year contract.

The South African born back row, who is 30 years old, has made 11 appearances for Scotland but was ruled out the Six Nations Championship after he suffered a kidney injury in the game against France.

The Sale Sharks’ director of rugby, Steve Diamond, said, “He has been performing well for both Glasgow and Scotland over the past five years and will compliment the squad in the ball-carrying department.”

He went on to describe Strauss as a ‘leader’ and a ‘very powerful athlete’. He explained that the club’s new owners, Simon Orange and Ged Mason, are eager to help the team become one of the leading clubs and said that signings like Strauss will help along the way.

On the opening day of the Six Nations Strauss was instrumental in Scotland’s victory over Ireland at Murrayfield.

Speaking after the signing Strauss said, “Since coming to the UK I always had it in the back of my mind that I wanted to play in the Premiership, which is a highly-rated competition by players in South Africa.”

He said that he needed to sign for a second term with Glasgow in order to play for the national side and explained that while he has enjoyed his time with the Warriors he asked his agent to try and find him a place in the Premiership.

Since Strauss joined the Warriors from the Lions in 2012 he has made 104 appearances for the club and helped them to win the Guinness PRO12 title in 2015. He made his international debut in the 2015 World Cup against Japan in Gloucester after qualifying for Scotland through residency.