WARRIORS have signed veteran Ireland international Peter Stringer on a six-month deal ahead of the 2017/18 Aviva Premiership campaign.
The scrum-half will join the club this week as cover for Springbok Francois Hougaard, who is set to be away on international duty during the start of the season.
Director of rugby Gary Gold said: “Peter is an experienced number nine who will play a key role in the absence of Francois.
“He’s in incredible physical shape for someone of 39 years of age and he’s an outstanding role model for our younger players.”
Stringer has a wealth of experience in the game having played 98 Tests for Ireland, which includes a Grand Slam and three Triple Crowns.
After having made his debut in 2000, Stringer went on to play 76 of Ireland’s 85 games between then and 2006, including two Rugby World Cups.
The Irishman began his professional career with Munster back in 1998 – the same year as Warriors lock Donncha O’Callaghan.
The number nine went on to spend 15 years at his hometown club, where he won three Celtic League titles and reached four Heineken Cup finals – finishing on the winning side twice.
After amassing 230 appearances for Munster, Stringer then enjoyed loan spells at Saracens and Newcastle Falcons in the 2011/12 season, before signing for Bath in 2013.
He played 62 times for the West Country outfit before making the move north to Sale Sharks, where he featured 39 times and picked up their Player of the Season award in 2015/16.
The 39-year-old has also represented the illustrious Barbarians.
“I’m looking forward to meeting all the lads and being reunited with Donncha,” said Stringer.
“I’m feeling as fit and ready as ever and I’m genuinely excited about getting back on the field as I feel I still have plenty to offer,” he added.