Andrew Sheridan has committed his future with the sale rugby union. The 31-year-old, who had been linked with a move to France this summer, joined the Sharks from Bristol in 2003 and has played 100 games for the club.

Sale chief executive Mick Hogan said: “I know he has turned down some big offers from other clubs.

“He is one of the best prop forwards in the world and we are thrilled he has made this commitment to stay with us.”