ake Cooper-Woolley to swap Wasps for Sale

Sale Sharks have announced the signing of tighthead prop Jake Cooper-Woolley on a three-year contract from fellow Premiership club Wasps.

The 29-year-old will join the Greater Manchester-based Sharks at the start of the 2019/20 season.

Born in Surrey, Cooper-Woolley started his rugby career in the Harlequins academy, leaving to focus on his academic studies at Cardiff University aged 18. While at university in the Welsh capital, the 6ft 3in powerhouse played at Cardiff RFC in the Welsh Premiership and also led the university to a Varsity Championship before signing for Wasps in 2013.

Cooper-Woolley had a stellar first season in the number three shirt which led to him winning the Young Player of the Year award, and he has since gone on to make 114 appearances to date for the Coventry-based side.

Commenting on the announcement, the prop said: “I have had a fantastic six years at Wasps and I would like to thank all the coaches and especially Dai Young for the opportunities I have had there.

“However, I feel like the time is right for me to have a change in my career and, after meeting with Dimes and Dorian West and learning about the club’s ambitions, Sale looks like a great opportunity for me to challenge myself in a new environment. The club are on the up and hopefully I can play a big part in them having a successful future, both domestically and in Europe.”

Sale director of rugby Steve Diamond was pleased to secure Cooper-Woolley’s services for the 2019/20 Premiership, saying: “It’s a pleasure to have Jake joining us. His vast experience and ability, not only in the scrum but around the field, will be a massive asset to the club in our desire to become a consistent top-four contender in the Gallagher Premiership.”

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