Six of Sale’s South African contingent are in contention to face the British and Irish Lions this summer.
Prop Coenie Oosthuizen and twins Dan and Jean-Luc de Preez are in the Springboks’ plans, along with World Cup winners Lood de Jager and Faf de Klerk.
And hooker Akker van der Merwe can make it too, says Sale boss Alex Sanderson.
“I want [Sale’s players] to be the best they can be. If that’s playing for South Africa or for the Lions then I support both of those things,” he said.
“They are talking to Coenie, Lood, Faf, JL and Dan du…