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Mamukashvili heading to Sharks

Sale Sharks have announced the signing of Georgian hooker Shalva Mamukashvili.

The 23-year-old currently plays in Georgia, but is now set to link up with the Aviva Premiership club.

" With the knee injury Tommy Taylor sustained playing for England against the Barbarians (last season) keeping him out for six months, I decided to bring in a top-class hooker to add to the squad," Sale rugby director Steve Diamond said.

"Shalva is the current Georgian starting hooker who is very abrasive and aggressive in defence.

"We have applied for the necessary visa and work permit, and hopefully all the formalities will be completed quickly."

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