Jono Ross (left) is Sale’s fifth new signing for next season

Sale Sharks have signed Stade Francais number eight Jono Ross on a three-year deal and agreed a new two-year contract with second-row Andrei Ostrikov.

South Africa-born Ross, 26, joined Stade in 2014 from Super Rugby’s Bulls and had a stint at Saracens in 2013.

His move to the Premiership makes him available for England selection as he qualifies through his grandmother.

Russia lock Ostrikov, 29, joined in 2011 and has played more than 100 games in six years at the AJ Bell Stadium.

“I’ve tried to sign Ross for the last three years but with the uncertainty at what is happening at his club and his, and wife’s desire, to come to the UK, we spoke,” director of rugby Steve Diamond told BBC Sport.

“He’s a leader by example. He’s ambitious and wants to play international rugby.”

On Ostrikov, Diamond added: “He was one of my first signings and he is a player who gives everything both on and off the field.”

Sale signed Romania propfor next season on Monday, to add to the arrivals of Josh Strauss, Will Cliff and Marc Jones.

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