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At the Anglo-Welsh Cup, Sale Sharks will clash with the Northampton Saints at the AJ Bell Stadium. Sharks will have scrum half Faf De Klerk available as he returns to the squad. The starting squad will feature 11 players that faced Toulouse last Saturday.
Sale Sharks are happy to confirm that Sharks Junior Academy’s highly successful five members have graduated and they have signed professional contracts with the club before the season of 2017/18.
The five members who completed their graduation are Sam Moore, Luke James, Matt Sturgess, Nic Dolly and Arron Reed; they all have signed the deal of five-years with the Sharks. Steve Diamond seeks to crop the rugby players of next generation following in the footsteps of the Curry brothers.
Academy Manager, Brendan Thomas, said: “The players are one of the sturdiest age-groups that our system has produced, and this was established when in February, the side made for the Finals Day.
“Now, all the members of the academy who has directly or indirectly worked with these five players are excited to see how these players develop and adapt in a full-time environment of rugby.” (more…)
Castleford, the Super league leaders released a statement last Friday which made known the fact that their dispute with Sale as well as Solomona and Andrew Clarke, his agent had been settled.
The dispute which was heading towards trial had made a U-turn after the defendants made an offer to settle out of the courts, paying compensation and submitting to a costs order.
The row between both teams came after Solomona left Castleford in a cross-code switch to the Sharks.
And while Sale insisted they had broken no rules in acquiring the wing, Castleford made their own arguments stating that the player had breached his contract by walking out of the club.
Castleford’s solicitor, Richard Cramer, said:
“This case has proved that rugby union clubs cannot without penalty just recruit a retired rugby league player who has walked out on his contract. The message is that negotiations have to be conducted through the front door.”
On Wednesday, a lengthy statement was released by Sale where they made their argument insisting that the player had not breached his contract. They also stated that no precedent had been set following their settlement with the Tigers. (more…)
Sale Sharks faced a game with Exeter Chiefs recently, a week ago where they had a fourteen point lead that slipped from their hands.
However the team has not given up yet as they have four final games of the Aviva Premiership league to play for this season.
Denny Solomona continues to be an asset for the team, though his recent agreement to transfer to England might mean that Sale would soon lose his talents. In the game against Exeter he was able to give the team a lead of 19-5 within half an hour of the game starting off. George Nott however, feels that they can carry such leads through and what happened in Sandy Park was simply a one off for the team. From their performance in the game against Exeter what is apparent is the need to hold on through the duration of the game. Their opponent had fought back later and secured a semi final on home grounds. The Sale Sharks have completed three consecutive games without a win. They would now be heading for their next game against the Worcester Warriors. (more…)
The Anglo Welsh Cup competition recently saw a dominant Sale Sharks side thump over an inexperienced Cardiff Blues team. Sale Sharks, with this victory, now sits atop of the Pool 2.
A 14-0 lead was handed to Sharks by Denny Solomon and Jonathan Mills. Fortunately, Cardiff was able to get on the board after a penalty by Jarrod Evans.
At the interval, Laurence Pearce opened the advantage with a score for the Sharks, and put through a second after the break.
James Flynn and Neil Briggs also went over for the Sharks and they were also awarded a penalty. Their victory means Cardiff goes home so far in this competition, with a third successive defeat.
Despite the Sharks going into the contest with a squad who were far more experience, the early exchanges were controlled by the opponents. Cardiff had the opportunity to take the lead through Evans. However, he missed the target narrowly, and they had to pay the price for that. (more…)
Sales Sharks’ pair, Tom and Ben Curry, made Aviv Premiership Rugby history last Sunday when they became the fourth pair of twins to play side by side up in the top flight.
The duo, who are 18 year olds, had earlier in the year, become the first set of twins to play for England when they featured in games at the Under-18 Nations tournament.
The pair were in the Sharks game where they were defeated 34-24 by Wasps at the Ricoh Arena. Tom had come off the bench to join the game in the second half of the game.
Ben started the game, which was his first Aviva Premiership start, and went on to play all 80 minutes at the back row. Tom however joined him just before the hour mark at the park.
For Tom, his first debut for the Sharks, had come last month in the game against Bristol Rugby, where he went on to score a try at his first appearance. Ben, on the other hand, made his bow in the home clash with Saracens just last weekend. (more…)