Sale Sharks have moved to replace Danny Cipriani.
Sale Harks have moved to replace Danny Cipriani, after confirming the capture of American international fly half, AJ MacGinty, from Connacht this morning.
Although MacGinty is Irish born, he qualified to play for the US Eagles through the IRB’s residency rules after moving to the US in 2011. It was while MacGinty was playing with Life University’s rugby side, the Life Running Eagles, in Georgia that he was called up to the American squad for the Pacific Nations Cup last year.
After an impressive debut, he was then included in the USA’s 2015 World Cup squad, where MacGinty played in each of their pool games scoring 25 points.
Following the tournament, MacGinty returned to Ireland top join Connacht on a one year deal, where he has established himself as a consistent goal kicker with an 80% success rate so far this season.
However, as MacGinty has been capped by the US Eagles, under IRFU regulations Connacht cannot re-sign the fly half, thus opening up the door for Sale. Nevertheless, speaking on Sale’s website, Director of Rugby Steve Diamond stated that he had been tracking MacGinty since the World Cup.
We were alerted to AJ during the World Cup and we have been watching his performances at Connacht. He is by far the best fly half in the Pro12; great in defence and has an 80% success rate kicking his points.
I am sure that when he works with Paul Deacon here at Sharks he will become the finished article. He will be great addition to the squad and we are looking forward to AJ joining us pre-season.
Although MacGinty is currently injured, he will hoping to return to fitness before the Pro 12 semi finals.
Alan Drumm, Pundit Arena
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