Aviva Premiership

England hooker Webber to join Sale

England hooker Rob Webber will join Sale Sharks from Bath ahead of the 2016-17 season.

Webber will end a four-year association with Bath after agreeing a two-year deal at the AJ Bell Stadium.

The 29-year-old featured in three matches as a replacement at last year's Rugby World Cup, but was overlooked by new England coach Eddie Jones for the upcoming Six Nations.

Steve Diamond, Sale's director of rugby, said: "Rob fits perfectly into what we are trying to create at the club.

"He is a talented all-round player, who is great at the set-piece and very mobile in the loose.

"He is at the top of his game and will bring with him a wealth of experience."

Bath head coach Mike Ford added: "Rob has been a great servant for Bath in his time here and it was a tough decision [to let him go].

"He's an experienced and talented player, who I'm sure will be a strong asset for Sale. I'd like to thank him for all the hard work he's put in, and wish him all the best for the future."

Webber expressed gratitude to Bath and stated: "It goes without saying that for the rest of my time here I'll be 100 per cent focused on making sure we finish the season the way we want to, and rewarding the superb Bath supporters."

Sale's signing of Webber will cover the departure of fellow hooker Tommy Taylor, whose move to Wasps at the end of the season was also confirmed on Monday.