Danny Cipriani, the star for the Aviva Premiership Rugby Football Union club the Sale Sharks has stated that he feels that things are starting to get a lot better for him this season after he passed one of the most tumultuous seasons in his career last season.
The 26 year old switched to the Salford based Sharks back in 2012 from the Australian club the Melbourne Rebels with critics and fans all hailing the move as one of the biggest moves in the history of the Aviva Premiership and he was being seen as the one man who could take the Sharks to glory, but that hasn’t transpired, leading many fans to believe that it had been a bad investment.
However, he has been in fine form this season for the Sale Sharks and his performances have already received rave reviews from those associated with the game in England and there have been calls for Stuart Lancaster to recall the player back into the England set up once again.
Speaking to the Manchester Evening News, the England international stated that he thinks that things have been going a lot better this season, both for him personally as well as the team and as long as the results are being achieved, he is content.
Having had a number of off field issues in Australia, Cipriani has been on his best behavior since his move and that has translated to his sizzling form on the field as well.
He mentioned that the team wasn’t happy with how things went last season and mentioned that this season, the Sale Sharks had the chance to prepare for the new season smartly and that has translated into their run of good form going into December, which is one of the busiest months in the calendar.
In the past few years, Sale have seen more turmoil than a removals firm, but rugby director Steve Diamond thinks that he now has the furniture coiffed to agitate for a Heineken Cup place. Previous season, the Sharks came to have set up a coaching merry-go-round at Salford City Stadium.
Bryan Redpath begun as boss but was allowed for hanging on by his nails as an aid after John Mitchell was added on board. John hopped on and off again in the little blink of an eye and chief executive and the former coach Diamond, came in with the club appearing set for relegation.
Diamond managed a turnaround in the fortunes of Sale Sharks and, after being tail at Christmas. They ended at the tenth spot. He told that they had a tough season previous year. They were looking for some consistency. He added that they do not want to begin as they did previous year, but to be more like the 2nd half of the season, when they won 7 out of eleven. Few seasons ago, they were in Heineken Cup and they wanted to make on that, but they did not.
Therefore, the target aim has to be to get back on the top European event through either the top 6 or winning 1 of the other contests. He added that they have added 4 boys from London Welsh, who have a good work ethic. Therefore, hopefully they would have some success.
Aviva Premiership Rugby Football Union club the Sale Sharks begin their new season in the English top flight in just a few days’ time and Henry Thomas is hopeful that the club can make a quick start to the new season and he can play a proper role in that run in order to gain more recognition at the international level with England this season.
The prop was part of the England side that won the two test series against Argentina in South America in June but was left out of the Elite squad of Stuart Lancaster’s side last month. The 21 year old was speaking to a local radio station and he mentioned that the root of this journey lies with the Sale Sharks and it is playing well with the club that will earn him a good reputation and recognition. (more…)
Aviva Premiership Rugby Football Union club the Sale Sharks have added another significant player to their squad ahead of next season with the signing of promising young playmaker Joe Ford from the Rugby Football Championship club Leeds Carnegie. Born in Oldham, Ford is the son of legendary former Rugby League player and England Rugby Union coach Mike Ford and the older brother of playmaker George, who has gone on to establish himself as one of the best playmakers in the country.
And Joe himself has been tipped to have a long and promising career for himself in the top flight and was a very important player in Leeds’s run in to the play-offs of the RFU Championship this season. Ford spent a season with the Northampton Saints, the rivals of the Sale Sharks in the Aviva Premiership before he returned to play for Leeds in the RFU Championship and is a player that Steve Diamond, the Director of Rugby of the club has scouted for a long time.
Given the fact that he is a versatile player and can also play at full back and is also quite adept at using his boot, Diamond will be doing good to use his versatility during next season’s Aviva Premiership after struggling throughout this season with the lack of a strong playmaker and kicker. Ian Blackhurst, the co-owner of the club spoke to the media about the club’s new signing and stated that it is a great signing and Joe is a very exciting player.
He mentioned that the player had been absolutely brilliant for Leeds in their run-up to the play-offs of the RFU Championship and the Sale Sharks are hopeful that he can bring some of that to the Aviva Premiership and their game as well, and lead the club from the front.
Aviva Premiership Rugby Football Union club the Sale Sharks has tied down their centre Sam Tuitupou to a new contract, which will keep him at the club for the next couple of seasons. The centre, who has earned nine caps for New Zealand till date, joined the English club from Munster at the beginning of the 2011 season and has been made the captain of the club as well. And although Dave Seymour has been handed the captain’s armband this season, the 31 year old has remained a central figure for the club this season as well.
The New Zealand man has started all the 18 matches for the Sale Sharks in the Aviva Premiership in the 2012-13 season. And having signed the new contract, the player stated that he is very happy at the club and his family is extremely happy to be in the region as well, before adding that a player needs to be happy off the field to be able to perform on the field. Tuitupou also stated that the decision was to be made and they needed to decide whether to move on or stay on at the club, and stated that the decision was taken jointly by himself, his wife and his kids.
The club has tied down a number of regular members of the first team to new contracts, including Seymour, a back row forward as well as Rob Miller, the full back and the club has also signed a couple of players from rival Premiership clubs as well.
Steve Diamond, the Director of Rugby of the Sale Sharks stated that he is very happy to be able to retain a top class player in the form of Sam, and having been the captain, he knows what it takes to make the club tick.
Aviva Premiership Rugby Football Union club the London Wasps have completed the signing of Sale Sharks lock Kearnan Myall, who will join up with the club at the end of the current season and have also extended the contract of fellow lock Marco Wentzel. The 26 year old Myall has made 23 appearances for the bottom placed club of the Aviva Premiership in the current season and has been one of the standout performers for the club in an otherwise forgetful season for the club.
Myall is an ex England Saxons player, and joined The Sharks from Leeds Carnegie at the end of the 2011 season when the Yorkshire based club was relegated from the Aviva Premiership to the Rugby Football Union Championship. Wentzel, who has two caps for South Africa in international rugby, has appeared 23 times for the London Wasps this season and having extended his contract with the club, he will join up with Myall, who is a former teammate of his from his time with Leeds Carnegie.
The Wasps have a lot of options for that lock position with two England internationals in the form of Joe Tom Palmer and Joe Launchbury already in their roster as well as James Cannon, who has already appeared 23 times for the London club during the course of the season. Dai Young, the Director of Rugby of the club stated that second row is a position where there is a lot of physicality required and with a long season ahead of them, they wanted to ensure they had plenty of options for that position.
Young stated that Marco had been a standout performer for the London Wasps this season and is a real leader of the pack and Myall is a player of huge potential who will hopefully blossom there.