Chris Cusiter quits Scotland for England

Chris Cusiter played in the defeat by England
Chris Cusiter played in the defeat by England
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Scottish domestic rugby suffered another blow today with 66-times capped scrum half Chris Cusiter set to move from Glasgow to Sale Sharks.

Cusiter, 31, once of Capital clubs Boroughmuir and Watsonians after moving from his native Aberdeen, is currently in the Scotland squad preparing to face Italy in Rome on Saturday and remains at the forefront of the game north of the border.

However, his impending departure comes just days after another squad member, prop Moray Low, announced he was quitting Scotland, while there has been no indication yet from Edinburgh as to whether Cusiter’s rival for the No.9 shirt, Greig Laidlaw, will be staying on when his contract expires shortly.

Announcing the signing of a player now in his second decade of Test rugby and a 2005 Lions scrum half, Sale director of rugby, Steve Diamond, said: “A lot of credit for the signing must go to Bryan Redpath [former Scotland captain and Sale coach] who knows Chris well.”

Meanwhile, Cusiter will continue to receive treatment for a calf injury. Grayson Hart, who has made a single league start for Edinburgh, has joined the squad to train and is on stand-by.