Former Ireland scrum No.9 Stringer joins Sale

Former Ireland international scrum half Peter Stringer started the latest phase
of his playing career when he arrived at Sale Sharks where he is expected to
form a midfield partnership with England flyhalf Danny Cipriani.

Ninety-eight-cap Stringer joined Saracens on loan from Munster in 2011 and
then moved to Newcastle Falcons whilst still being on loan from his Irish Province
in 2012.

In 2013 Stringer joined Bath and went on to win 56 caps for the West Country
club.

Speaking about his arrival at Sharks Peter said: “I am delighted to be
here and looking forward to living in the area with my wife. I have a lot of
friends in the Wigan and Warrington area including Graeme Close who was the
nutritionalist at Munster and lives close by.”

Peter knows he has a job on his hands battling for the starting number 9 jersey
with Chris Cusiter and England U20 World Cup finalist James Mitchell, “My
career started back in 1998 and I have been very fortunate to stay relatively
injury free down the years. I still love the game as much as I did when I was
a kid and realise that you have to enjoy yourself in every game you play. I
eat and train well and am ready to compete for my place and make my debut for
Sharks.”

Peter spoke about playing alongside Danny Cipriani at half back. He said, “I’m
really looking forward to it. I played with Danny for the Barbarians at Twickenham
against Australia and he is a top player. He has improved so much down the years.
Danny is involved with England at the moment and hopefully he will be selected
for the World Cup squad and get some game time.”

Its ten years since Peter won the Heineken Cup with Munster, and during that
season Munster had two big games against Sale Sharks. What does Peter remember
about that special season, “I came on as a replacement in the game at Stockport
when Munster lost but started the game at Thomond Park on a cold January evening.
Munster needed a bonus point win to secure top spot and got it with a try deep
into stoppage time.

“We had so much self belief going into that game against a strong Sale
Sharks side, coached by Philippe Saint Andre. The Sharks had won the European
Challenge Cup the previous season and were a tough well organised team. I managed
to score in the final and that was good for me and the team after the heartbreak
of losing to Leicester a few years before.”

Peter takes pride in his 98 Ireland caps and three Triple Crowns. He said,
“I’m very proud to have played with a lot of fantastic players. My job
was helped because I was playing behind some great forwards. We went close to
the Grand Slam but couldn’t quite manage it but those years and caps are very
special to me.”

He shared an incredible partnership with Ronan O’Gara and recalls, “Ronan
and I played together from being under eights, right the way through to the
Munster first team and we made our International debuts together. We grew up
together too and to win the Heineken Cup and win the Triple Crown for the first
time since 1985 was incredible.”

Reflecting on his time at Bath Peter said, “I loved my time at The Rec,
I had two and a half seasons there and joined them because I wasn’t getting,
in my view, enough game time. They are a young side and my only disappointment
was to finish on the losing side in the final against Saracens.”

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