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Dorian West reaches agreement on his Sale future

Former World Cup winner Dorian West has taken a permanent role as forwards coach at Sale.

The ex-Northampton assistant joined the Premiership club on an interim basis in September 2018 and had an instant impact on the Sharks set-piece, working alongside Pete Angelsea,

West said: “I’m delighted to have signed a permanent deal at Sale, I have really enjoyed the last eight months with the club and I can already see progress being made within the team.

“The ambition and direction being shown by Steve (Diamond) and supported by our owners Simon (Orange) and Ged (Mason) is second to none and to say I’m excited for what the future holds would be an understatement.

“I would like to thank Steve for giving me such a great opportunity and we are looking forward to finishing the Gallagher Premiership season on a high and building on the improvements we have made this year to create a formidable pack capable of challenging at the top of professional game.”

Sale boss Diamond said: “Earlier in the season it became apparent that we needed some extra bite within our forwards and some organisation within our set-piece.

“Dorian has an abundance of experience within the game met all the required criteria we were looking for in a coach.

“Since joining he has fitted into the environment at Carrington seamlessly and his hard work and commitment is already showing dividends.”

The 2003 World Cup winner, who earned 21 caps with England, has a wealth of experience both as a player and a coach. He oversaw the England under-20s forwards after the conclusion of his illustrious playing career where he mostly played for Leicester.

The former policeman also notably guided Northampton Saints to a number of Premiership finals during the Jim Mallinder era.

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Dorian West reaches agreement on his Sale future