Glasgow Warriors boss Sean Lineen insists the decision to let Richie Vernon move to Aviva Premiership side Sale was in the best interests of the club.
Scotland number eight Vernon, who has won 10 caps, was named on the bench for
Saturday's RBS 6 Nations clash with Italy.
Only on Tuesday Vernon agreed a two-year deal to move to Sale, with the 23-year-old making the move after this autumn's Rugby World Cup in New Zealand.
Lineen said that was a factor in the decision, with the club looking to plan ahead and not wanting too many players away on international duty.
"We are planning ahead for next season with a view to having as competitive a squad as possible as many of our international players will be away at the World Cup and the Six Nations over the coming year," said Lineen.
"I felt it was in the best interests of Glasgow Warriors to let Richie go and focus on the players we will have at our disposal - such as Robert Harley, Ryan Wilson and Chris Fusaro - during the international periods whilst retaining some of our more established internationals in John Barclay and Johnnie Beattie, who will bolster the squad on their return.
"Money did not feature in my decision-making process as I did not make an offer to Richie.
"We receive great backing from Scottish Rugby to retain the talent I feel will take Glasgow Warriors forward, and with that in mind, I have allowed Richie to leave with the club's best wishes."