Will The New Captain Of Sale Sharks

Sale Sharks are happy to declare that Will Addison has been chosen as the captain of the team and he will captain the side during the season of 2017/18.


Addison, who is 24-year-old, in 2011 made his debut for the Sharks and after that he made 97 Appearances for the club, scoring 149 points.

During the last season, Will was in great form, before getting injured, he took up a foot injury during the match at Saracens, and that put him out from the matches for the rest of the year. Nevertheless, prior to getting injured, he was a great player and he played his career’s some of the best rugby of his career, moreover, he also captained the side on a number of times when Josh Beaumont was absent. The impact of Will and his leadership post Christmas helped team Sharks to witness some of the emphatic wins.

Steve Diamond, the Director of Rugby said, “With his game, Will have continually impressed me. He has the natural leadership ability and a great commitment towards the club. Wills has a good communication skill and that make his a great communicator.

In Sharks, he is a well respected person and gets respect from everyone. If the form of this player continues to improve, there is no doubt that he will on the radar of England radar.”

When asked Wills about his appointment as captain, he said: “When Ged (Mason), Dimes, Simon (Orange) approached with the offer, I accepted immediately. Obviously, it is an honor to be the captain the club that has helped me grow up as a professional player. As far as the challenges of captaincy are concerned, I am all excited about it and I am enthusiastically looking forward to work with the boys and lead them.”

GREG EDEN SET TO OUTSHINE DENNY SOLOMONA

Since joining the Castleford Tigers, Greg Eden has made 20 appearances for his club side, touching down a remarkable 33 times for the Super League leaders.


Eden, who arrived from the NRL side Brisbane Broncos at the close-season, was shipped in to replace Denny Solomona who had jumped ship last year in a bitter cross-code move to Sale Sharks.

The Solomonadeal finally endedlast week by an out-of-court settlement which cost a littlehigher than £200,000.

Eden, who is born and bred at Castleford as well as a product of the club’s vaunted academy system, is chiseled from a slightly different stone from Solomona.

However, his lethal finishing skills have been much of a great help for the Daryl Powell led side as they climbed up the league summit.

Castleford now sits six points clear at the summit of the Super League and there are hopes of him going on to outride and outshine Solomona’sachievements.

The 26 year old who was at Castleford’s vintage Wheldon Road stadium yesterday noted that setting a new record would be a great feat to achieve.
“It would be great to pull it off and set a new record. Winning a trophy is more important, but it would be nice if it happened. The good thing is that we’ve still got plenty of games left and I’m not that far away.” he said
In his last seven outings, Eden has scored no less than five hat-tricks. He has been a supporter of Castleford since he was a child and at the age of 12, he joined them at scholarship level.

Before he got the opportunity to join Brisbane on a two year deal ahead of the 2015 campaign, Eden had spells at Huddersfield and Hull Kr.

Denny To Join England Team

There is much highlight about Denny Solomona and his availability as a player for England.


Any player at this stage will surely envy his position that is being considered on a fast track movement from his present position as a winger for Sale Sharks. Being able to play for England is an opportunity that does not come easy as England has become the crème de la crème team in world rugby.

The Rugby Union has been eyeing the potential talent in Denny since he scored five tries in the first five games he played which made him eligible for playing for England. However, it was not sure that Denny himself would be willing to take the opportunity. The current news is that he has signed the necessary papers and completed a three year residency with Sale Sharks. That shows his willingness to play for his adopted country.

Before he moved to join Sale Sharks Denny had played for Samoa as he represents that community through linkage of his grandparents. The 23 year old is originally from New Zealand. Hence, he is eligible to play for New Zealand as well. He stated that he has moved to England for the last three years and he enjoys playing in the region. The initial reports showed his hesitation to sign up for England. It is now obvious that his coach as well as his family have convinced him of the great opportunity that he has been given and not to pass that up. However, there is a court case that is ongoing as Super League has sued him due to the move to the Premiership league. It is currently being handled by his representatives at Sale. Meanwhile Denny can look forward to being part of the illustrious team of England this year.

THERE WAS A LOT OF NERVOUS ENERGY – STEVE DIAMOND

The way Sale Sharks were able to achieve their main objectives over an inexperienced Cardiff Blues side left Coach Steve Diamond feeling very impressed with his squad members.


Despite a 41-3 humiliation of Cardiff, Diamond still insists that the team still has a lot of room for improvement.

The battering of Cardiff in their Anglo-Welsh competition, saw Sharks touchdown a total of seven tries, with two coming from Laurence Pearce.
They have thus moved to the top of their pool, having won two games so far out of three played. Heading into the final round of the matches, Sharks will have a pretty good shot at getting a semi-final spot.

The highly impressed Diamond did not let the victory overshadow the fact that his side had to force the ball at times.

“We asked them to nil the team in tries, we asked the set-piece to be dominant and we asked them to score more than five tries, and we managed to do that.

“We always had the game under control but anybody watching that would think that we had a knock-on coach the amount of times we gave the ball away.

“There was a lot of nervous energy. They all want to do well and sometimes you try too hard and that’s what looked like was happening,” he said.

For Cardiff Blues who have lost three of their matches from three games so far in the competition, it was a very tough evening for them, seeing that they had featured a largely inexperienced team.

Richard Hodges, elite performance manager for Cardiff, believes that despite their battering by Sharks, there were still some positives to be taken away from the game. He also noted that in terms of selection, there was a little mismatch.

SALE SHARKS INTERESTED IN DENNY SOLOMONA DESPITE DISPUTE

Despite a protracted dispute between winger, Denny Solomona, and his team, Castleford Tigers, Sale Sharks have reiterated that they are still very much interested in signing on the winger to their side.


Solomona had joined Castleford Tigers just last year, 2015 from London Broncos but may be facing legal action from his team having failed to report to training before the season.

The 2016 season had seen him score 42 tries, which includes a record 40 tries in the Super League.

The confirmation concerning Sale’s interest in signing Solomona was made by Sale’s director of rugby, Steve Diamond. Speaking to BBC Sport, Diamond had said,

“Denny Solomona has resigned from playing rugby league and us, and many other clubs, are interested in signing him,”

“He’s got a friendship with [Sale centre] Sam Tuitupou and he’s been to have a look around and at this moment that is where we’re at with it.”

In October however, Steve Gill, Tigers Chairman had said that they were not interested in selling Solomona. Addressing his comment, Diamond had added,
“There are no governing body registrations between the sports,”

“It is just like someone coming from another sport to rugby union, whether it be football or basketball and I don’t understand what the furore is about.”

Rumors making the rounds had it that Sale also had plans of signing England and Bath’s half-fly, George Ford for the next season and the Sale boss also addressed the rumors, saying that they had no authority to discuss or talk to any players until the 1st of January.

He however noted that Sale needed at least four or five players, who were better than they ones they have currently, and that they were searching for World class players to join them for the next season.

Leota Feels Sharks Can Defeat Warriors

Sale Sharks are going on an away trip to Sixways to face Worcester Warriors this weekend.

The Warriors are not in good form this season as they are yet to register a win. The Warriors therefore will be desperate to get a win and start to earn their winning points for this season. Sale Sharks are also coming to Sixways with a loss in their home game to Gloucester last Friday. This makes this game very interesting.

The Samoan international and the center of the Sale Sharks, Johnny Leota, says that he is confident that the team will put up a good show against the Warriors and will win their first away match of the season. He knows that the Warriors will be coming hard at the Sharks and the team is prepared for that. There are many wrongs that the team did last game to suffer defeat at the hands of Gloucester at home. They know where they have gone wrong and are looking to correct all the wrong things they did against Worcester.

Johnny says that the team has to be on its toes and play to its maximum potential, even though they are facing a Warriors team that has not tasted success in this season. The squad has recovered well from the defeat that they suffered at home and have trained hard to outdo the challenges that the Warriors would offer. They are ready to go and do all the things right this time.

Leota said that the team has to play at the right side of the field and also will have to complete all the attacking moves in order to improve their game. The team is getting into the 22 and then losing the grip on the ball and this is what they do not want to repeat against the Warriors.

Sale Sharks Gets New Management

There is news about this Premiership club being taken over by a new management.

It is a group that is spear fronted by Simon Orange. With the pictures that are out on the web the acquisition seems like a happy one. Steve Diamond, being the director of rugby, was found to be beside Simon Orange. Simon again is a public figure, being associated with Jason, ex member of the Take That group. The change will come by in the Sharks that were previously owned by Ian Blackhurst and Brian Kennedy. Both were shareholders in majority. They were co owners of the rugby team. They had taken over the team in 2000 and helped build a team that would go on to win the European Challenge Cup in 2002 as well as in 2005.

Sale is part of the European Champions Cups as well. They finished sixth and even have a title in the Premiership in 2006. Hence, a deal having come about in such a tenure should work well for the team, egging them on with greater funds and opportunities.

The deal and prospects of the same had been on from the beginning of the year. Sale is known to have performed with resilience over the past 16 years in the new millennium. That was when it was under the ownership of people like Brian Kennedy. Orange is confident that he will be able to build on that success and help the team achieve greater heights. He stated that they had investments planned and with that they will be able to close the gap that exists between Sale Sharks and other teams that are on top. With the new season starting off, the team is also enthusiastic about the change and the new opportunities that it will bring forth for them.

Less is more as Bath gets set for Sale

When Bath Rugby leave the limbo finally that foregoes their double-header with Sale, they would prime themselves for a tough work. The Whites, Blue and Black know they have to play the Sharks twice in a week, they just do not know which week, or exactly how many days would break up the clashes yet.

If Steve Diamond’s team defeat Montpellier in European Challenge Cup quarter-final match on Friday night, they would travel to Rec in the coming Wednesday before they welcome Mike Ford’s charges on Sunday, 17th July.

But if they are shot down by one of the form teams from the Top 14, they would travel to West Country on 23rd July, Saturday. If the former befalls, Bath would have the vantage of twelve days’ rest equated to Sale’s 5 before the first encounter. Neal Hatley knows that Sale is in a tough spot at this point of time.

He said that they are waiting for the timings on this, but they would go back to back against them over a week – or 5 days and it is going to be tough. Fans are also eagerly awaiting the draw, with Liverugbytickets.co.uk expecting tickts to sell in record time.

Sale are a great team, especially at home. He had read somewhere that they have not lost at home for a year. He added that he read somewhere they have not lost at home for a year, so they are flacking like they have been for that top-6 position.

They have a huge pack and they are more than disputative in the midfield with the likes of Leota as well as Tuitupou, so they have 2 tough fixtures next.

Diamond nominated for Rugby Director of the Year

Steve Diamond of Sale is short-listed along with Wasps’ Dai Young, Exeter Chiefs’ Rob Baxter and Saracens’ Mark McCall for the Guiness Rugby Director of the Season prize.

It is a fitting honor for the Sharks boss, who guided the club not only to a third time top six finish but also helped them earn the right to play in the Champions Cup.

Having been nominated in 2014 as the former head coach of Russia, this is the second time that Diamond’s work at Sale Sharks has been recognized. On the shortlist, Diamond is joined by Saracens boss Mark McCall, who has recently guided the club to the Champions Cup. Having won the prize twice in the previous three seasons, McCall will be looking for a hat-trick.

Long-serving Exeter coach Rob Baxter, who guided the Chiefs to their maiden appearance in the play-offs, is also shortlisted for an outstanding season. Wasps rugby director Dai Young is nominated because of his outstanding services that helped the club transform the fortunes.

This group of four have made a great contribution this season and they fully deserve to be nominated.

Sharks Flanker helps England start well

England got off to a perfect start with Sale Sharks’ George Nott scoring the opening try inside five minutes and helping the hosts beat Italy 48-10. It was a frenzied day of action as Italy was put to the sword at the Academy Stadium in Manchester.

At the break, England led 17-3 with tries from Sam Aspland-Robinson and Nott, conversions for Harry Mallinder and Theo Brophy-Clews, and a penalty for the center of Northampton Saints. Italy earned their points when Leonardo Mantelli scored a long-range drop-goal in the first half.

While the second half was also dominated by England, a Mallinder penalty and tries for Marchant, as well as penalty tries for Zach Mercer and Jack Singleton gave the hosts an unassailable lead. Both Max Malins and Mallinder sent over two conversions in the second-half, though Italy scored the final point of the match with a late try from Lorenzo Robin Masselli.

It was a memorable day for six players as Max Malins, Theo Brophy-Clews, Darren Atkins, Mallinder, Johnny Williams, Billy Walker made their U20 debuts for England, and it happened to be Haag’s first game as Head Coach for the side.