Australia-born Italy fullback Luke McLean switches from Treviso to English rugby club Sale.

Italy international fullback Luke McLean is to join Sale from Treviso, the English Premiership rugby side announced on Friday.

The Queensland-born 26-year-old has won 57 caps for the Azzurri since making his debut for his adopted country in 2008.

Born in Townsville, McLean went on to play for Perth Spirit before joining Italian side Calvisano in 2007 having turned down an offer to sign for the Perth-based Super franchise Western Force.

McLean represented Australia at Under-19 level but also qualified for Italy due to his Italian grandmother.

Having featured for Italy during the recent Six Nations, he is the latest player to be signed by north-west English side Sale, currently sixth in the 12-strong Premiership.

At Sale, he will join fellow recruits Alberto de Marchi, his Italy team-mate, and the Scotland duo of Nathan Hines and Chris Cusiter.

“Luke is an exceptional international fullback,” Sale rugby director Steve Diamond told the club’s website.

“He is a genuine 15 and great under the high ball and is also a very competent goalkicker.”