“I’m also looking forward to travelling around and seeing new places. That’s part of what’s so exciting in coming to a new club like Sale.”

De Klerk’s arrival this summer, along with several other exciting signings, has only added to the sense of optimism around Sale ahead of the new campaign.

And from what he has seen on the training paddock in his first month at the club, with Sale gaining impressive pre-season victories over Castres and Edinburgh, de Klerk – who has won 11 caps so far for South Africa – shares that feeling.

“I’m very excited about what we can do this season. We’ve been playing very well in pre-season, the guys have also been training really very well and are focused,” de Klerk added.

“I was really excited to take part in the win at Edinburgh and I’m very excited to see where we can go this year.
“There’s a really good bunch of lads here and the club has made several good signings. Everyone is really enjoying each other’s company and it’s coming together well.

“I’m going to have to adjust quickly here but, luckily, the way we want to play is something that I’m used to – we want to play quick rugby and score tries but there will also come a stage where we will need to play more tactically so I’m really excited about the challenge.

“Speaking the same language is also a big help for me. Luckily, I don’t think my English is too bad so that helps a lot.

“Everyone here speaks English – I can’t understand a lot of them sometimes! – but its been fine.”

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