Schofield to join Toulon

Sale skipper to head to France

Last Updated: 01/02/10 8:00am

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Schofield: Toulon deal

Schofield: Toulon deal

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Sale captain Dean Schofield has confirmed he will leave the Sharks at the end of the season to join Toulon.

"I may have signed for Toulon, but there is a lot of rugby to be played this season, and I am looking to finish my Sale Sharks career winning as many games as possible."
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The 31-year-old lock joined Sale in 2001 and has gone on to win two England caps during his time at the club.

However he is now looking forward to a new challenge after agreeing a two-year deal with former Sharks boss Philippe Saint-Andre at Toulon.

"I have thoroughly enjoyed my time with the club and would like to thank coaches Jim Mallinder, Steve Diamond, Philippe Saint-Andre and Kingsley Jones for all their help and guidance over the years and for their faith in me, and all the players and staff at the club with whom I have had the pleasure of working," said Schofield, who will also team up with former Sale team-mates Sebastien Bruno and Juan Martin Fernandez Lobbe.

"I have just turned 31 years of age, and the opportunity to join Toulon gives me a chance to play in the French Top 14.

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"I have made so many friends whilst playing for Sale Sharks and am sure that, in years to come, I will be back sat in the stands watching the team play.

"I may have signed for Toulon, but there is a lot of rugby to be played this season, and I am looking to finish my Sale Sharks career winning as many games as possible."

Sale director of rugby Kingsley Jones has praised the impact Schofield has had at the club.

"Dean Schofield has given Sale Sharks excellent service over the years and I would like to thank him for his 100 per cent contribution both on and off the field," said Jones.

"He has been a model professional. Dean has decided he wants to play in France, and we wish him well."

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