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.

Sale Sharks Take Over Completed

Talks about a possible deal have been continuing since the beginning of 2016. Finally, the deal has been sealed. Ian Blackhurst and Brian Kennedy, who were in charge of the club since 2000 will be now replaced by Simon Orange-led company CorpAcq Ltd as the new owners at the Sale Sharks.

The Sale Sharks have performed brilliantly over the last 16 years under Brian Kennedy’s ownership. After taking over in 2000, the duo helped the club build a squad that emerged victorious in the European Cup twice – first in 2002 and then in 2005.

During Kennedy’s tenure, the Sharks also won their maiden Premiership title. After finishing sixth last season, the Sale Sharks will play the Champions Cup rugby in 2016-17.

CorpAcq Ltd is an acquisitions and investment group based in Manchester. It intends to build on the club’s success so that the Sharks can achieve a top spot in the Premiership. Moreover, the company is looking to invest in the academy, which is one of the finest in the Premiership. Orange also said that they have plans of growing the Community Service Program of Sale Sharks.

Sale Sharks sign Italian international

Aviva Premiership Rugby Football Union club the Sale Sharks has announced the signing of Italian international prop player Alberto de Marchi on a contract of two years with the player turning out for the club at the end of the season.

The 28 year old, who was a part of the Italian national team in the recently concluded Six Nations Championship and played all five matches for the Italians during the competition and will be a direct replacement for the club’s England international front rower Henry Thomas who will be moving to Bath Rugby at the end of the season.

Steve Diamond, the Director of Rugby of Sale Sharks hailed the signing of the Italian as a coup for the club and the growing ambitions it has been displaying this season, adding that they had to fight off stiff competition from European champions Toulon to capture the player from his Italian club Treviso.

Diamond mentioned that Alberto had a great Six Nations Championship for Italy and was their standout player in the tournament which brought him to the attention of several European heavyweights. He also mentioned that he doesn’t have any doubts that he will prove to be a great asset for the club in the future.

The legendary boss mentioned that the player is a great scrummager, very mobile and he is found all over the pitch and moreover, his defensive skills are beyond any doubt and the club is delighted to have him on board.

The Italian has turned out 17 times for his national team and he will be one of a host of new signings for the new season by the Sale Sharks as they prepare for an assault on home and European fronts after a brilliant season already in the domestic competition this time around.

Sale Sharks to offer new contract

Mark Cueto is set to extend a brilliant thirteen year spell at the Aviva Premiership Rugby Football Union club the Sale Sharks by signing a new deal with the Salford based side.

Cueto, a former winger for England and the British and Irish Lions is in the last year of his current contract with the side and there was widespread speculation at the end of last season that this would be his last with the club and he would retire at the end of the term and look for a new career opportunity in the broadcast media circuit.

But with the record try scorer in the history of the Aviva Premiership being in scintillating form, scoring six tries and being the key cog in the Sale Sharks that has improved vastly since their relegation battle last season, he could be given a new contract as the club look to tie him down with the club for one more season.

Steve Diamond, the Director of Rugby of the club is extremely to retain the services of the long serving winger as well. And now Cueto, who turned 34 years old on Boxing Day, has revealed that he would love to spend another year at the club and stated that he is hopeful of coming to terms over a new deal.

He stated that he is in the last year of his current contract but he is keen on carrying on for another year. He mentioned that he has always maintained that he will not play simply for the sake of it and will quit the moment he stops enjoying the game. However, he mentioned how much he adores the Sale Sharks and how he would love to spend one more year at his beloved club and see them win a trophy.

Diamond says Sale Sharks could splash in transfer market

Steve Diamond, the Director of Rugby of the Aviva Premiership Rugby Football Union club the Sale Sharks has not ruled out adding further personnel to the squad if injury problems still persist with the side.

The Sharks recently signed Tongan international forward Viliami Fihaki for the side with the team dreadfully short of options in that position and this could lead to more players coming in.

Speaking to BBC Radio Manchester, Diamond stated that the team is running with just two hookers and two scrum halves going on to add that if any of the players in those positions took a knock, then he would have to go into the market before mentioning that there are resources available to make the moves.

Fihaki made his debut for the Sale Sharks in their LV=Cup encounter against Harlequins FC in a winning cause but he will not be available for selection when the Salford based side returns to action in the Aviva Premiership against the Worcester Warriors this weekend.

Instead, he will be a part of the team’s B-team, the Jets as he tries and adjusts to life in English rugby after making the switch to the Aviva Premiership from North Harbor in New Zealand.

The Sharks have made a decent start to the Aviva Premiership season this time with three wins from their first seven encounters and doing well enough in the pool stages of the cup competitions as well where as the Warriors have started the season with seven defeats on the bounce, the same record that the Sale Sharks boasted of last season.

And Diamond believes the team’s performances last season was just a blip and he added that there is absolutely no way they will want a repeat of that kind of a run of form this season.

Forshaw wants a mean Sale Sharks

Mike Forshaw, the new defensive coach of the Aviva Premiership Rugby Football Union club the Sale Sharks is relishing the challenge of taking the team from being the whipping boys of the top flight to making them one of the meanest teams in the country.

The Sharks named Forshaw as the club’s new defensive coach last month and he arrived at the club with a hugely impressive CV, both as a player in the Rugby League and a mean minded defensive coach both in the Rugby League and the Rugby Union.

Forshaw was part of the all conquering Bradford Bulls side of the 1990s before going into coaching when he took up jobs at Rugby League clubs Wigan as well as Warrington before taking over the challenge in Rugby Union with Irish side Connacht but in taking over the Sale Sharks, Forshaw faces the biggest challenge of his career so far.

The Sharks defensive has been extremely porous in the last few seasons in the Premiership and also holds the distinct honor of shipping in more points than any other team in three of the last four seasons of the Premiership and that is something Forshaw will have to address this season.

However, rather than feeling overawed by the challenge in front of him, Forshaw is relishing it and cannot wait to work full time working with Steve Diamond, the club’s Director of Rugby and Bryan Redpath, the first team coach. And speaking of his task, Forshaw stated that he is really impressed by the discipline of the organization.

Forshaw mentioned that although he has been at the club just a month, he is visibly impressed by the desire of the Sale Sharks players to improve and the work ethic and environment in place at the club and it is a positive thing.

New signings will make Sale Sharks impact

Mark Cueto has backed the new signings of the Aviva Premiership Rugby Football Union club the Sale Sharks to make a positive impact in the side’s run in the Premiership this season and believes that their addition to the squad will help the club avoid another scrap to remain in the top tier of English professional rugby this season.

The Sharks have been very busy this transfer window and have splashed the cash on players like Tom Arscott, Jonathan Mills, Kiril Kulemin and Phil MacKenzie from the relegated London Welsh as well as back row Michael Paterson from Cardiff this close season, and these signings are expected to temper the loss the British and Irish Lions second row player Richie Gray to Castres.

And although the new signings made by the club are not household names by any means across the country, the former England wing player Cueto believes they will have a huge impact in the fortunes of Sale Sharks this season. Speaking to the Manchester Evening News, Cueto stated that last summer; the club had a lot of household names unlike this year with the new signings but mentioned that all the players that have come in are respected names in the rugby world.

He mentioned that the club is one of the biggest in English rugby and went back to the times when sale was hugely successful and had plenty of star names before mentioning that when they joined, not many had heard of them but they came into their own at the club and brought success.

Cueto mentioned that Sale Sharks has previously signed many big name players over the years and sometimes, these names haven’t been the best signings and maybe, it will be a welcome change to give the young unheralded players the chance to shine.

The increasing success of sport betting

There is a long tradition of sports betting in Britain, and bookmakers’ shops have been present in high streets around the country for a very long time, but at the same time, it does seem as if this activity has experienced a growth in popularity during the last ten-to-fifteen years.

It is likely that there are a few different reasons for this, but one of them is almost certainly the availability of such services on the internet – as there has also been a rise in the number of people playing games like slots at the various online casino pages on the net.

The biggest impact that online gambling has had is simply in making betting on football and other sports much easier and more convenient than it used to be – as people can now get all the information about odds that they need and put the bets down, all without having to leave the house. This has likely also made sports betting more attractive to people who may have found the old land-based bookies a slightly intimidating or alien environment – particularly those with limited experience of putting bets on sports. Being able to learn online removes that element and that has surely played a major part in broadening its appeal.

The same is true of online casino gaming, as there is no doubt that land-based versions of these can carry a similarly uncomfortable, unfamiliar feeling for many. Nowadays people are able to play games offering cutting edge graphics or a great jackpot from the privacy of their homes, or even on their phones – thanks to apps at mobile casino sites. This has moved both casino and sports betting into the modern world, whereas other forms of entertainment have failed to make this shift, and of course the sporting themed slots games at casino sites mean that many are now combining sports betting and casino gambling.