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Sale release Samoa international

Sale Sharks have confirmed the departure of TJ Ioane and wished him well after he agreed to join London Irish.

The 29-year-old, who is known for his physicality, joined Sale in 2015 from the Highlanders and went on to make 52 appearances.

Ioane made a big impression at the AJ Bell Stadium but the club have agreed to terminate his contract in order to allow the back-row to join London Irish.

Sale said in a statement: "The club would like to thank TJ for his contribution to the club on and off the field and wish him and his family all the best in their future endeavours."

London Irish were relegated from the Aviva Premiership last term and Ioane has been drafted in to help try and secure an immediate return.

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