posted on Dec, 30 2004 @ 07:31 AM
Sale have signed Tongan World Cup centre John Payne.
The former NSW Waratah player will arrive in Britain over the new year weekend and join his new team-mates on January 3.
Sharks rugby director Philippe Saint-Andre admitted Payne is short of match practice but expects him to be a useful addition to the squad.
"John will have to prove his fitness when he arrives under the watchful eye of Nick Johnston (fitness coach), and I expect him to be challenging for a
first-team spot in the very near future," he told the club's website, www.salesharks.com.