Sale have completed the signing of Georgian international hooker Shalva Mamukashvili as cover for the injured Tommy Taylor.
Taylor impressed last season and earned a call-up to the England squad for their game against the Barbarians, but picked up a knee injury which will keep him out until after Christmas.
Director of Rugby Steve Diamond has been on the lookout for a replacement, and Mamukashvili, who made his international debut two years ago, has got the nod.
"With the knee injury Tommy Taylor sustained playing for England against the Barbarians keeping him out for six months I decided to bring in a top class hooker to add to the squad," said Diamond.
"Shalva is the current Georgian starting hooker who is very abrasive and aggressive in defence. He speaks fluent English and will also have Vadim Cobilas and Andrei Ostrikov to help him settle in.
"We have applied for the necessary Visa and Work Permit and hopefully all the formalities will be completed quickly."