Peter Stringer wants to continue playing into his 40s

The Ireland scrum half turns 39 in December

Peter Stringer

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Sale Sharks and Ireland scrum half Peter Stringer has confirmed that he hopes to keep playing professional rugby into his forties.

Speaking to the BBC's Rugby Union Extra podcast, Stringer said: "It is a landmark, but it is only next year. I genuinely feel as I did 10 years ago. I still enjoy the training and playing so as long as the body and mind are in sync I shall keep going as long as I can."

"It's diet, it's sleep, it's everything," he added. "It's is probably since moving to the UK and getting that shock at Munster of not being involved in the match-day squad and I suppose people writing you off."

"Coming over here and getting a new lease of life and realising that whatever number of years I do have left in the game, I want to give myself every opportunity to be at the top," he added.

Stringer turns 39 in December and is keen to stay on with the Sale Sharks.

He won 98 caps for Ireland and made 230 appearances for Munster, winning two European Cups along the way.