Sale scrum-half Chris Cusiter says he is looking forward to partnering Danny Cipriani at the club ahead of the upcoming season.

Cusiter, who has been capped 68 times by Scotland, joined the Sharks from Glasgow Warriors after the departure of Wales international Dwayne Peel to Championship side Bristol.

Partnership

The 32-year old told BBC Radio Manchester: "Any combination takes a while to build up a relationship and get used to each other, but he's definitely a talent.

"It will be great to play alongside him. He's been good in training, he speaks a lot and he's really passionate about his rugby."

The veteran back and 26-year old Cipriani are set to be Steve Diamond's first-choice half-back pairing as the club bid to improved on last season's sixth-placed finish.

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Upcoming campaign

On the season ahead, Cusiter added: "It's always good to be joining a team that are going well.

"They definitely were going well last year. Their form on the road was really good and that's the sign of a good team I feel.

"They weren't a million miles off making the top four last year so there's a great base to build on. I'm excited to be part of it and I'm enjoying it so far."

Squad takes shape

The Sharks squad is taking shape ahead of the upcoming campaign as they have already added Georgian hooker Shalva Mamukashvili, and they have also secured the return of Magnus Lund.

Cipriani himself admitted back in July that he is happy to stay with the club as they attempt to make an assault on the top four of the Aviva Premiership.

Sale host Bath in their opening fixture on Saturday, September 6.

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