England lock Jonny Hill swaps Exeter for Sale

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Sale Sharks have announced that British and Irish Lions and England lock Jonny Hill has signed a long-term contract to join the club ahead of the 2022/23 Premiership season.

The 27-year-old, who stands at 6ft7ins, has established himself as one of the most dynamic second-rows in the league having made 108 appearances for Exeter Chiefs, scoring an impressive 30 times.

Hill has nine England caps and was an ever-present during this year’s Autumn Nations Series, when he featured alongside future Sharks teammates Bevan Rodd, Tom Curry, Raffi Quirke and Manu Tuilagi.

A player of international class

Speaking about the addition of Hill to the squad for next season, Sale director of rugby Alex Sanderson said: “I’m really excited to be bringing Jonny to Sale Sharks.

“He’s a player who knows how to win and what it takes to grind out those big games and that sort of experience is invaluable. His on-field qualities speak for themselves but what sets him apart for me is that he’s a genuinely good bloke and will no doubt add to the environment and culture that we have here.

“Having spoken to Jonny on a couple of occasions, I was really impressed with his appetite to improve and it’s exciting that he wants to do that at Sale Sharks. It tells me that we have a player of international class who believes in the club’s ambition, the culture that we’re building and wants to be apart of it, for me that’s mega.

“We’re thrilled to be bringing Jonny on board for next season and can’t wait to welcome him to Manchester.”

Sharks CEO Sid Sutton added: “We’re really pleased to be bringing in a player of Jonny’s class to help push the club forwards and achieve great things.

“We’re a club with aspirations and to sign someone of Jonny’s class demonstrates that. I had a really good chat with him and discussed the culture, our values and the journey the club are on and his personality fits perfectly. I spoke to Tom Curry about the potential of signing Jonny and he was full of praise for not only his ability on the pitch but what a good bloke he is off it.

“This is a massive signing for everyone involved with the club – players, staff, board and our Sharks Family too who I’m sure will make him feel very welcome next year.”

Hill became the second Exeter back five forward to leave the Chiefs on Monday with Scotland international Sam Skinner signing for Edinburgh.

Skinner – who will join the Scottish capital club next season – has started nine of his 15 Test caps to date since he burst on to the scene with a player of the match winning international debut against Fiji at Murrayfield in 2018.

Skinner said: “I’m massively excited to make the move north next season. The URC is an extremely competitive league and I’m really looking forward to testing myself in a new environment with a great group of lads.

“I want to challenge myself and grow as a player and Edinburgh is the perfect place to do that. I can’t wait to get stuck in, help the club to success while really experiencing Edinburgh and Scotland.

“I’m really looking forward to working with Mike [Blair]. I obviously worked with him for a period of time at Scotland and I like how he communicates and connects with players, while motivating them at the same time. He has Edinburgh playing an exciting brand of rugby and I believe it will suit my own playing style too.

“I can’t wait to get started next season. It’s such an exciting time for Edinburgh Rugby and I’m really looking forward to being part of the journey moving forward.”

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