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.
Every team has its share of long time players.
If you look at the team of Sale Sharks, some of its players think that it is time to call it quits.
The scrum half of Scotland and Lions would be quitting the game and looking to start a business in making whisky. This season the team performed in a limited manner as Peter Stringer was not in full form. On the other hand, Cusiter announced that he would be retiring from the game. He is thirty three years of age. He has now planned to quit the game and start off an alcohol retail entrepreneurial initiative in Los Angeles.
In his rugby career, he capped 70 times in Scotland. He had also been part of the British and Irish Lions team that had toured in New Zealand in the year 2005. There have been several other rugby teams that he has played for. He had represented teams like Border Reivers, Glasgow Warriors, Perpignan and others. Cusiter joined Sale Sharks in the last lap of his playing career, in the year 2014. Peter Stringer and his form limited his games.
As per his interview feedback, he feels that it is time to move on to trying his other dream ventures. Memories of having played for Scotland seventy times as well as learning rugby at the Robert Gordon’s college have been part of his dream childhood. The tours of New Zealand and being part of the state team have been proud moments for him. Hence, he feels that he has had incredible experiences through rugby. It is now time for him to indulge in his other dream. He feels that Scotch whisky is the best export good of the country and he would like to take up a business in that aspect in America.
Aviva Premiership Rugby Football Union club the Sale Sharks have appointed a new general manager for the team in Jeremy Butler.
The former chief executive of Tranmere Rovers will begin work at his new position in the Manchester club this week.
The 46 year old ran a sports media business for over 20 years before he took over at the League Two club and now, after successfully turning a corner for the Rovers, has moved on to the Rugby Football Union club.
He was part of the commercial team that oversaw an increase in season ticket sales at the Rovers as well as a significant rise in commercial revenue and the bosses at the Sharks hope that he will be able to do something very similar with the financially struggling club. Jonny Kennedy, the managing director of the Sale Sharks said that they have taken this strategic decision to bolster its off the field operations and he added that he hopes that Jeremy Butler will play a pivotal role in achieving the goals they have set for themselves.
Kennedy said that Butler has a good track record of engaging the fans, increasing commercial revenues as well as a successful marketing initiatives and he believes he will become a real asset for the team in the long run. Butler will be working alongside Andrew Lamb, the head of sponsorship as they build up to the new season.
According to Butler, the Sale Sharks have a fantastic reputation across the world as a rugby class of the highest quality that represents the true values of the sport both on the pitch and off it. He added that being in a World Cup year adds greater opportunities to engage a whole new bunch of fans of the sport and bring them to the club.
Leicester Tigers managed to win third victory consecutively and the latest was over the Sale Sharks in the Aviva Premiership.
It was all due to the efforts of Laurence Pearce by which Leicester got a break and a lead by 20-3 which was due to a penalty trying from the close scrum. In the second half the game of Sale Sharks improved and it was all due to the efforts of Tom Arscott who stuck a passing move.
The entire territory could not be covered by Sharks as they could not capitalise on it and Seremaia Bai confirmed the victory for the hosts with his late attempt. The display showed by Leicester was forward and they could put a break to the team of Sale as they were coming back for vengeance after the first half. The Sale had won the previous three matches yet it was the Leicester Tigers who were sweating it out in the afternoon.
The pressure was huge in the early stage from the hosts yet they took the penalty all credit going to Burns. It was in the half way line that Nick Macleod levelled it from the line which was halfway. It is a shame for Sale Sharks as they have not yet managed to beat the Leicester Tigers in the 12 competition so far. Pressure was continued by Leicester and it was Pearce who scored his first attempt in the Premiership.
Bai was shown a yellow card and that is when Sale Sharks were showing signs of improvement and it was 11th attempt of the Arscott which was a touchdown. Places have been swapped by both teams as Leicester Tigers have now occupied the 5th position which was governed by Sale Sharks. The director of Leicester Tigers pointed out that they have to hold nerves for the remaining matches.
Rugby Football Union Championship club Bristol Rugby has announced the signing of hooker Marc Jones from Aviva Premiership Rugby Football Union club the Sale Sharks.
The club announced that the former Wales Under-20 international has put pen to paper on a two year contract at the club and will link up with his new team mates at Ashton Gate following the end of the current season.
The 27 year old Welshman made a staggering 158 appearances for the Aviva Premiership giants during his ten year stint at the club after making his debut in 2005.
Bristol Rugby are the favourites to clinch promotion to the Aviva Premiership following their stunning displays in the RFU Championship this term and are building a team capable of competing against some of the biggest names in the English game if they do make it out of the second divsion this season.
The club has already announced the signing of former England international winger Tom Varndell from Wasps RUFC and also have a keen interest in Gavin Henson of Bath Rugby. But the signing of Jones from the Sale Sharks is quite the transfer coup from Director of Rugby Andy Robinson.
The Bristol boss said that the player was in the prime phase of his career. He added that he is fully aware of what it takes to be successful and competitive in the Premiership.
Robinson added that the player is extremely competitive and has got the mentality and quality to be a leader on the field as well. For a player to have already played in the Aviva Premiership for ten years for a club of the calibre of the Sale Sharks and still only be 27 speaks volumes of his capabilities and skills as a performer and a leader and Bristol will be better with him.
Mark Cueto had admitted that the Sale Sharks will have to be prepared to gear up on Friday night if they want a repetition of the thrashing they gave to Exeter Chiefs in the last season.
The Sale Sharks went to Sandy park back in April where they made their position in the European Rugby Champions Cup of the season as they has a great eight-try victory. Even though they have that in their mind, the Chiefs are ready to face the guns this season in the Aviva Premiership Rugby table.
The winger Mark Cuerto is hoping to see a great cheering crowd when they visit the AJ Bell Stadium. He said that it is a big game and they are doing really well. Compared to last year, they are in a way better place in respect to the attack strategies. In fact they have a top coach too. The team has already won eight matches and just before the European games, they won three straight matches in the Premiership. Since both the teams are in perfect form, it is going to be a tough fight.
They hope to get a great crowd as a lot of people are going to finish their work this week and most of the kids will be finished with school. Tickets for the week after the match against Leicester have already been sold out.
Sale has won the last three matches in the Aviva Premiership Rugby and so has climbed up four places and got the sixth position in the process. Two of such matches were on the road but the record they have made at AJ Bell Stadium during this season is still fresh in the minds of the people. They won three matches and lost one having 14 tries and completed only four.
The first win of Sale Sharks came against London Welsh of the season of Premiership. Vadim Cobilas and Tom Arscott had tries with a break 0f 15-3 lead. The Exiles came back strongly. Nic Reynolds came after the interval. Arscott had a hat trick with two more. The win became extra glossy with Luke McLean and Tom Brady. The defeat of home run by Sale ended like that.
The wait of London Welsh to gain success after May 2013 extended. The conversion of Danny Capriani moved far wide. The deficit of the penalty by Olly Barkley was decreased by two points. For the second time touching down of Sale occurred. Moldova moved forward and the extra was put in by Cobilas. Dean Schoffield before the interval dragged down and home advantage went to no 12. Three points more was won by the Englishman. Hope was given to by the Welsh after Reynolds went towards the right. It was the official of the match which was reviewed and then awarded. Arscott had a second score. The move was from left to right. Bonus point was won by Brady.
Rugby Sale director Steve Diamond stated that the week was stressful and the team that comes up has to struggle with the pace and the high intensity. Sale Sharks made some mistake so the credit went to London Welsh. The performance of London Welsh was far better in comparison. In the next week their matches are tied up with Wasps, Northampton and Saracens. Justin Burnell the coach of London Welsh stated that even they made some mistakes which were not affordable. Mistakes were penalized since it was happening at the level of Premiership. Many disappointing results but both the teams have scope to progress ahead in the next matches.
Manu Tuilagi has been one of the most controversial yet important figures in the England national team of Rugby in the recent years. The Samoan born rugby player is known for his big hits, sheer power and outrageous speed along with his heavy built body. He currently plays for the Leicester Tigers and earned his English cap after staying long enough in the country. All of his brothers namely – Henry, Freddie, Alesana, Anitelea, Sanele have represented Samoa in international matches. He has been living in Leicestershire since his childhood and has completed his education in the same area.
Controversies never seem to leave the company of Manu Tuilagi. He started his career with a lot of promise but came under scrutiny when he punched British international Chris Ashton in a match against the Northampton Saints. This led the federation to ban him from competitive rugby for ten weeks that was later reduced to five weeks. The latest controversy surrounding him was regarding the sign of bunny ears that he had made behind the British Prime Minister James Cameron as the England and Ireland Lions rugby stars went to meet him. Although Cameron said that Tuilagi did not have to apologize yet the Rugby legends were divided in their opinion about his conduct.
Manu Tuilagi has remained the first choice centre for his England coach Lancaster but he had missed out on a few matches in the Six Nations owing to his torn chest muscle injury. However he returned to put up an impressive performance against the All Blacks as they humbled the English side for two tests consecutively. The third test witnessed the English side going through with a number of changes in various positions but Tuilagi retained his spot along with Kyle Eastmond who caused major problems to the world champions in the earlier encounters.
The England Rugby Team looks complete and organized ahead of their campaign this year. A number of players have come up through the Rugby Union that focuses on encouraging the domestic players and provide them enough opportunities to prove their worth.
The England Rugby Team head coach Stuart Lancaster has announced a fifty five man squad which will be eligible for training. It includes the Saracens flanker Jackson Wray who was prolific in the concluding season and is being seriously considered for the QBE International Series starting from November this year. Tom Croft – the Leicester flanker will be joining him even though he had an injury afflicted season. Anthony Allen, Alex Corbisiero, George Ford, Mako Vunipola and Christian Wade also return to the squad after missing out on the tryst with New Zealand due to their injuries. Henry Slade is the other young player in the squad who had recently featured in the non cap game against the Barbarians from South Africa at Twickenham in the month of May.
The head coach shall be allowed more opportunities to select his thirty two man short listed squad in order to include more players based on their forms in the season. This has been ensured due to an agreement signed by the Rugby Football Union with the Premiership clubs which has delayed the naming process from August to October. England Rugby Team captain Chris Robshaw believes that his experience as the captain of the Harlequins will prove handy ahead of his preparations with the English squad in a similar role. However the plans of the national team was a little bit disturbed as the Toulon back-row forward Steffon Armitage is set to turn his back on his former side in order to represent France on the world stage. The fans are looking forward to some impressive performances.
Dan Braid, the captain of the Aviva Premiership Rugby Football Union club the Sale Sharks, has been ruled out for the remainder of the season after suffering a knee injury.
The former New Zealand international has already undergone surgery on the damaged knee, albeit a minor one, and will sit out the remaining two matches for Sale in the Premiership against the Leicester Tigers followed by the London Irish on the final day of the season.
Braid, who had notched up seven tries in 23 appearances for a rejuvenated, has not been a part of the playing squad since the club’s victory against the Northampton Saints back in March and he will return to action straight during pre-season.
Steve Diamond, the Director of Rugby of the Sale Sharks confirmed the injury and the enforced absence for his skipper, adding that the leadership qualities he brings to the sides are next to no one in the team and he has been a fantastic servant during his time at the club.
Speaking to BBC Radio Manchester, the Sale boss stated that injury comes as no surprise to him considering how Braid puts his body on the line every time he takes the pitch, giving his all to his team’s cause.
Led on by the 33 year old Kiwi, the Sale Sharks have had a brilliant season this time around after the turmoil of last season and are guaranteed to finish in the top six with a place in the new European Rugby Champions Cup confirmed for next season.
And with Braid returning from injury in time for the start of the new season, Diamond can hope to build on the success of this season as he seeks European glory for the club to start a new era for the club and the city.